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

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

3. What have those who live in the world of the "9 June 1905" dream determined is the only way to live?
(a) To ignore all others advice.
(b) To die.
(c) To ask all others of their advice.
(d) To do as much as they can, as soon as they can.

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

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

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. What happens to the people in the world, described in the "10 June 1905" dream, who attempt to quantify time?
(a) They are banished into other "worlds."
(b) They turn to ice.
(c) They leave to find a place where they can quantify time.
(d) They turn to stone.

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

10. According to the dream on 3 June 1905, what is life a brief movement of?
(a) A clock hand.
(b) A snowflake.
(c) Arms and legs.
(d) Shadows.

11. What is the young woman staring at in the end of the "15 June 1905" dream?"
(a) A photo of her daughter as a child.
(b) A photo of her getting married.
(c) A photo of her with her newborn child.
(d) A photo of her as a child.

12. What is happening in the young woman's house in the "15 June 1905" dream?
(a) Her home is on fire.
(b) Her parents are fighting.
(c) She is having an argument with her boyfriend.
(d) Her home is being robbed.

13. 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) Da Vinci's invention of the parachute.
(d) The invention of the internal combustion engine.

14. Who is responsible for discovering the "speed effect?"
(a) Sir Handel Moritz of Bern.
(b) Sir Archibald Barrett of Munich.
(c) Mr. Alan Mulhouse of Massac.
(d) Mr. Randolph Whig of Surrey.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How is the world described in the "15 June 1905" dream?

2. 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?

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

4. Who is the author of the paper that Einstein left on Besso's desk?

5. What animal are people who heed time compared to in the 3 June 1905 dream?

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