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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does the man at the graveside ("2 June 1905" dream) not weep for his friend?
(a) His friend lived a very good life and he refuses to mourn him.
(b) The man has no tears left given his friend has had a very long sickness leading up to his death.
(c) His friend will be with him again given that time moves backward in this world.
(d) The man believes in a second life better than the first.

2. In the world described in the "3 June 1905" dream, how do people learn about the seasons?
(a) Through museums.
(b) Through pictures.
(c) From books.
(d) Through notes from the dead.

3. In the second Interlude, what is the first dialogue between Besso and Einstein that the reader comes across?
(a) Besso asking Einstein if he is ill.
(b) Besso asking Einstein how his theory is going.
(c) Besso telling Einstein that he needs to see a doctor.
(d) Besso telling Einstein he does not look well.

4. What actions of Einstein's surprised Besso when he looked like Einstein does now?
(a) When Einstein quit his own job to care for Besso.
(b) When Einstein took a leave from work to travel with Besso on a personal health vacation.
(c) Einstein took Besso into his home and cared for him for a month.
(d) When Einstein came to Besso's home to care for him.

5. How are events triggered in the world described in the "10 June 1905" dream?
(a) By other events.
(b) By meeting standards.
(c) By measurements.
(d) By time alone.

6. According to the "22 May 1905" dream, how does time flow in the world described?
(a) Unevenly and fitfully.
(b) Smoothly and consistently.
(c) In accelerating spurts.
(d) In alternating phases of fast and slow.

7. What is wrong with the people who live in the world described in the "20 May 1905" dream?
(a) They have no memories.
(b) They have no hope.
(c) They have no future.
(d) They have no dreams.

8. In the "2 June 1905" dream, how does the story of the woman end?
(a) The "woman" in her mother's womb.
(b) The "woman" at her birth.
(c) The "woman" at her graduation from gymnasium.
(d) The "woman" nursing.

9. How is the population of the cities in the "9 June 1905" dreams split?
(a) In three: The Laters, the Nows, and the Nevers.
(b) In three: The Laters, the Nows, the Intentionals.
(c) In two: The Laters and the Nows.
(d) In four: The Laters, the Nows, the Nevers, and the Always.

10. What is the young woman staring at in the end of the "15 June 1905" dream?"
(a) A photo of her with her newborn child.
(b) A photo of her as a child.
(c) A photo of her daughter as a child.
(d) A photo of her getting married.

11. How is the world actually seen by its residents in the "5 June 1905" dream?
(a) Through sight alone.
(b) Through the senses.
(c) As though looking through the same camera for all inhabitants.
(d) Through different lenses by different people.

12. Where is Einstein looking as the second Interlude comes to a close?
(a) Towards the Bernese Alps.
(b) Towards the town clock.
(c) Towards Aare.
(d) Into space.

13. In the third Interlude, where are Einstein and Besso?
(a) At Besso's home.
(b) At Einstein's home.
(c) In the mountains.
(d) In a fishing boat.

14. How can Besso tell that Einstein is making progress on his theory?
(a) The dark circles under Einstein's eyes.
(b) The way that Einstein's eye look glassed over.
(c) The erratic way Einstein's hair is jutting out in all directions.
(d) The fact that Einstein has not changed clothes in three days.

15. What does the narrator want readers to imagine in the "3 June 1905" dream?
(a) That people live for only 36 hours.
(b) That people live for only 2 days.
(c) That people live for only 12 hours.
(d) That people live only one day.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Einstein eating in the second Interlude?

2. What is time, in the "17 June 1905" dream, described as?

3. Who is carried into the woman's home (in the "2 June 1905" dream)?

4. What is the narrator's explanation of such a short life in the "3 June 1905" dream?

5. In the "15 June 1905" dream, what is the young woman staring at?

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