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

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

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

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

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

6. In the "15 June 1905" dream, how many years in the future does the young woman go?
(a) 10.
(b) 5.
(c) 20.
(d) 15.

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

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

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 ice.
(b) They are banished into other "worlds."
(c) They turn to stone.
(d) They leave to find a place where they can quantify time.

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

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

12. What invention preceded the notice of the "speed effect"?
(a) Newton's invention of the laws of universal gravitation and motion.
(b) The Wright Brothers' invention of the first engine plane.
(c) The invention of the internal combustion engine.
(d) Da Vinci's invention of the parachute.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When does Besso remember looking like Einstein as he is now (second Interlude)?

2. What have those who live in the world of the "9 June 1905" dream determined is the only way to live?

3. According to the "3 June 1905" dream, what is a life planned by?

4. What actions of Einstein's surprised Besso when he looked like Einstein does now?

5. 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?

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