Einstein's Dreams Test | Final Test - Easy

Alan Lightman
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the woman in the "2 June 1905" dream begin teaching?
(a) History.
(b) Literature.
(c) Anthropology.
(d) Science.

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

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

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

5. What does Einstein ask Besso for during the third Interlude?
(a) A sandwich.
(b) A cracker.
(c) A blanket.
(d) A coat.

6. According to the "3 June 1905" dream, what is a life planned by?
(a) Dark.
(b) Time.
(c) Light.
(d) Age.

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

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

9. 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 too warm.
(d) The future is cold and uncertain.

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

11. In the second Interlude, what is the first dialogue between Besso and Einstein that the reader comes across?
(a) Besso asking Einstein how his theory is going.
(b) Besso asking Einstein if he is ill.
(c) Besso telling Einstein he does not look well.
(d) Besso telling Einstein that he needs to see a doctor.

12. How does the narrator describe births, marriages, and deaths in the 15 June 1905 dream?
(a) Doors to choose to enter.
(b) Signposts in time.
(c) Insignificant happenings.
(d) Overly significant happenings.

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

14. What is Einstein eating in the second Interlude?
(a) Crackers.
(b) Banbury tarts.
(c) Sweet potato croquettes.
(d) Cottolene.

15. Who is carried into the woman's home (in the "2 June 1905" dream)?
(a) Her grandmother.
(b) Her husband.
(c) Her sister.
(d) Her father.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does time move in the world described in the 2 June 1905 dream?

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

4. In the "15 June 1905 dream," where is the young woman at the end of the dream?

5. Why does the man at the graveside ("2 June 1905" dream) not weep for his friend?

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