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

2. 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 inevitable failures.
(b) Their world is one of constant reminders of deeds gone wrong.
(c) Their world is one of constant success.
(d) Their world is one of inactive suspense.

3. According to the "20 May 1905 dream, what must people do at the end of the day?
(a) Pray.
(b) Follow a path created by string to find their way home.
(c) Call their loved ones to come get them.
(d) Consult an address book to learn where they live.

4. In the "11 June 1905" dream, what is the last thought that the young man has?
(a) That the world ends in rain.
(b) That the world ends in darkness.
(c) That the world ends in cloudy skies.
(d) That the world ends in sunlight.

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

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

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

8. 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 brings bad news regarding his doctorate.
(b) The future contains a death he is not ready for.
(c) The future is cold and uncertain.
(d) The future is too warm.

9. 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 parents are fighting.
(c) Her home is on fire.
(d) Her home is being robbed.

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

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

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

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

14. How is the world actually seen by its residents in the "5 June 1905" dream?
(a) Through different lenses by different people.
(b) Through sight alone.
(c) Through the senses.
(d) As though looking through the same camera for all inhabitants.

15. Where are Besso and Einstein sitting in the second Interlude?
(a) Besso's home.
(b) A cafe.
(c) A bookstore.
(d) A brasserie.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to the people in the world, described in the "10 June 1905" dream, who attempt to quantify time?

2. What month is it, in the "15 June 1905" dream, for the young man in the polytechnic in Zurich?

3. What is the narrator's explanation of such a short life in the "3 June 1905" dream?

4. According to the "22 May 1905" dream, how does time flow in the world described?

5. According to the narrator, the world described in the "11 June 1905" dream, is a world without what?

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