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 is the paper on that Einstein set on Besso's desk (as told in the second Interlude)?
(a) Relativity.
(b) Electrodynamics.
(c) Transformation equations.
(d) Electromagnetics.

2. In the "17 June 1905" dream, why does the young man tell his lover that he cannot see her again?
(a) Due to a gap in time, she hesitates.
(b) Due to a gap in time, she frowns.
(c) Due to a gap in time, she lets on tear fall.
(d) Due to a gap in time, she grimaces.

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

4. What do all of the people of the world described in the "9 June 1905" dream have in common?
(a) A mastering of time.
(b) A lifetime to complete their goals.
(c) A long list of misdeeds.
(d) An infinite list of relatives.

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

6. How does time move in the world described in the 2 June 1905 dream?
(a) Backwards with no consciousness by those growing younger.
(b) Backwards with spurts of forward movement.
(c) Backward.
(d) Backwards with exceptions.

7. In the "11 June 1905" dream, imagining the _____________ is no more possible than seeing colors beyond _______________.
(a) Future/ Violet.
(b) Present/Blue.
(c) Present/Black.
(d) Future/Red.

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

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

11. What does the narrator want readers to "suppose" time is in the "10 June 1905" dream?
(a) A quality and not a quantity.
(b) A quantity and not a quality.
(c) A measurement.
(d) A sole existence.

12. 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.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How can Besso tell that Einstein is making progress on his theory?

2. What does Einstein ask Besso for during the third Interlude?

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

4. What can a person see from the cafe on the corner of Kramagasse and Theaterplatz?

5. What does the middle-aged man in the "2 June 1905" dream hope to know about that no one else has ever known?

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