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

2. 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 who keep order.
(d) Time passes more slowly for those in motion.

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

4. According to the narrator, in the world described in the "22 May 1905" dream, what happens to people who have not had "their vision"?
(a) Their world is one of inactive suspense.
(b) Their world is one of constant success.
(c) Their world is one of inevitable failures.
(d) Their world is one of constant reminders of deeds gone wrong.

5. How is the world described in the "15 June 1905" dream?
(a) Time is reversible.
(b) Time is a visible dimension.
(c) Time is oblivious to all inhabitants.
(d) Time is negotiable.

6. According to the narrator, the world described in the "11 June 1905" dream, is a world without what?
(a) A past.
(b) A present.
(c) A future.
(d) A hope.

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

8. What is the narrator's explanation of such a short life in the "3 June 1905" dream?
(a) That the Earth is farther out in the solar system (like Neptune).
(b) That the earth spins forward only halfway through a full revolution and then moves backward to the starting point.
(c) The earth spins so slowly that it takes a whole life time to complete one revolution.
(d) That a person's heart beats so slowly and powerfully that the heart wears out quickly.

9. What is time, in the "17 June 1905" dream, described as?
(a) A stretch of veins in the human body.
(b) A length of braided rope.
(c) A stretch of nerve fibers.
(d) A congested interstate.

10. In the "15 June 1905" dream, what is the young woman staring at?
(a) A photograph of her as a child.
(b) A photograph of her boyfriend.
(c) A photograph of a swing in her yard.
(d) A photograph of her dog.

11. What happens to the woman described in the "2 June 1905" dream?
(a) She grows younger rapidly from old woman to young woman in less than a week.
(b) She grows younger but with significantly devastating side effects.
(c) She awakens each day not knowing how old she will be.
(d) She grows younger.

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

13. How long ago, in the "17 June 1905" dream, did the lovers meet?
(a) One week ago.
(b) One year ago.
(c) One day ago.
(d) One month ago.

14. What can a person see from the cafe on the corner of Kramagasse and Theaterplatz?
(a) The whole city of Berne.
(b) The Bernese Alps.
(c) The Aare.
(d) The Zahringer Fountain.

15. In the third Interlude, what does Besso say that he sees in the clouds?
(a) A man on a horse.
(b) A goat chasing a man.
(c) A dog chasing a rabbit.
(d) A dog chasing a child.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the Laters walk and dress?

2. What does the narrator want readers to "suppose" in the "9 June 1905" dream?

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

4. For people in the world described in the "20 May 1905" dream, what does each one carry?

5. According to the "5 June 1905" dream, how does this world seem?

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