Einstein's Dreams Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Besso, what does Einstein live without?
(a) Passion.
(b) Pain.
(c) Love.
(d) Hate.

2. What are gaps described as in this world's time, the "17 June 1905" dream?
(a) Imperceptible.
(b) So overly noticeable that some people go insane.
(c) Somewhat noticeable that people make small readjustments and continue.
(d) So noticeable that people are confused.

3. How do the clouds appear, in the "17 June 1905" dream, after a gap in time?
(a) Moved and, therefore, confusing for inhabitants.
(b) Moved, but not really enough to notice.
(c) Exactly the same.
(d) Gone completely.

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

5. According to the "29 May 1905" dream, how does the world exist?
(a) In slow motion.
(b) In a state of distress.
(c) In a state of constant order.
(d) In constant motion.

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

7. How does the narrator describe births, marriages, and deaths in the 15 June 1905 dream?
(a) Doors to choose to enter.
(b) Signposts in time.
(c) Insignificant happenings.
(d) Overly significant happenings.

8. What is the paper on that Einstein set on Besso's desk (as told in the second Interlude)?
(a) Transformation equations.
(b) Electrodynamics.
(c) Relativity.
(d) Electromagnetics.

9. What happens to the people in the world, described in the "10 June 1905" dream, who attempt to quantify time?
(a) They turn to stone.
(b) They are banished into other "worlds."
(c) They leave to find a place where they can quantify time.
(d) They turn to ice.

10. What does the narrator want readers to "suppose" in the "9 June 1905" dream?
(a) That time exists in a vacuum.
(b) That life exists in several dimensions at the same time.
(c) That people live forever.
(d) That people die only after they have achieved their dreams.

11. How do the Laters walk and dress?
(a) The Laters walk absentmindedly and wear long dress like clothing.
(b) The Laters walk when they have to only and wear bed-clothes at all times.
(c) The Laters walk hurriedly so as to not be accosted into doing something now and they wear robes.
(d) The Laters walk with an easy gait and dress in loose fitting clothes.

12. Where does Besso invite Einstein to come to at the close of the second Interlude?
(a) To the Colombia Restaurant for dinner.
(b) To the Ristorante Cooperativo for dinner.
(c) To dinner at the Basin Park Hotel.
(d) To dinner at Besso's home.

13. In the "17 June 1905" dream, why does the young man tell his lover that he cannot see her again?
(a) Due to a gap in time, she hesitates.
(b) Due to a gap in time, she grimaces.
(c) Due to a gap in time, she lets on tear fall.
(d) Due to a gap in time, she frowns.

14. 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.

15. Why does the young man choose to return to his proper place in time rather than staying a few minutes in the future in the "15 June 1905" dream?
(a) The future is too warm.
(b) The future brings bad news regarding his doctorate.
(c) The future contains a death he is not ready for.
(d) The future is cold and uncertain.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the dream on 3 June 1905, what is life a brief movement of?

2. What does the narrator want readers to "suppose" time is in the "10 June 1905" dream?

3. In the "17 June 1905" dream, why is the baker yelling at a woman?

4. According to the "20 May 1905 dream, what must people do at the end of the day?

5. In the "15 June 1905 dream," where is the young woman at the end of the dream?

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