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. What animal are people who heed time compared to in the 3 June 1905 dream?
(a) Birds.
(b) Cats.
(c) Elephants.
(d) Bears.

2. What does Einstein ask Besso for during the third Interlude?
(a) A sandwich.
(b) A coat.
(c) A blanket.
(d) A cracker.

3. According to the "5 June 1905" dream, how does this world seem?
(a) Homogeneous.
(b) Erratic.
(c) Blinding.
(d) Common.

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

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

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

7. How is time described in the "17 June 1905" dream?
(a) As explosive.
(b) As discontinuous.
(c) As flashes.
(d) As continuous.

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

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

10. According to the "29 May 1905" dream, why does this world exist as it does?
(a) Time passes more slowly for those in distress.
(b) Time passes in slow motion.
(c) Time passes more slowly for those in motion.
(d) Time passes more slowly for those who keep order.

11. What is happening in the young woman's house in the "15 June 1905" dream?
(a) She is having an argument with her boyfriend.
(b) Her home is being robbed.
(c) Her home is on fire.
(d) Her parents are fighting.

12. 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 die only after they have achieved their dreams.
(d) That people live forever.

13. In the "17 June 1905" dream, why is the baker yelling at a woman?
(a) She has not paid her bill.
(b) She is his lover and they are arguing.
(c) She is late for work.
(d) She is not making her regular pick-ups on time.

14. According to the dream on 3 June 1905, what is life a brief movement of?
(a) A clock hand.
(b) A snowflake.
(c) Shadows.
(d) Arms and legs.

15. Who is the author of the paper that Einstein left on Besso's desk?
(a) Kaiser.
(b) Maxwell.
(c) Zeeman.
(d) Lorentz.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the narrator describe births, marriages, and deaths in the 15 June 1905 dream?

2. According to the narrator in the "22 May 1905" dream, a world that gives brief scenes from the future, what kinds of risks do people take?

3. How is the world described in the "15 June 1905" dream?

4. In the "2 June 1905" dream, how does the story of the woman end?

5. Who is responsible for discovering the "speed effect?"

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