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 does the middle-aged man receive during the "2 June 1905" dream?
(a) A Nobel Prize for literature.
(b) A Humanitarian Award.
(c) The Georg B├╝chner Prize.
(d) A Nobel Prize for physics.

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

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

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

5. 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.

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

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

8. 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 three: The Laters, the Nows, the Intentionals.
(d) In four: The Laters, the Nows, the Nevers, and the Always.

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

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

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

12. What time of the day is it at the beginning of the second Interlude?
(a) Late evening.
(b) Noon.
(c) Early morning.
(d) Mid-day.

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

14. In the "15 June 1905 dream," where is the young woman at the end of the dream?
(a) In a nursing home.
(b) In her bed.
(c) In her parent's home.
(d) In her husband's home.

15. 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?
(a) Only the risks that concern their children.
(b) Few.
(c) Everything a person does is a risk.
(d) None at all.

Short Answer Questions

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

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 narrator, in the world described in the "22 May 1905" dream, what happens to people who have not had "their vision"?

4. What happens to the woman described in the "2 June 1905" dream?

5. How is the world actually seen by its residents in the "5 June 1905" dream?

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