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 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 for only 12 hours.
(d) That people live only one day.

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

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

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

5. 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.

6. How is the world described in the "15 June 1905" dream?
(a) Time is oblivious to all inhabitants.
(b) Time is a visible dimension.
(c) Time is reversible.
(d) Time is negotiable.

7. Why do some people, in the world described in the "29 May 1905" dream, refuse to look out their windows?
(a) Because they are afraid that others are moving slower than they are.
(b) Because they are afraid to look upon the clock tower on Kramgasse.
(c) Because they are mad that others are traveling faster than they are.
(d) Because they live in complete solitude and what no interference.

8. What can a person see from the cafe on the corner of Kramagasse and Theaterplatz?
(a) The Aare.
(b) The whole city of Berne.
(c) The Bernese Alps.
(d) The Zahringer Fountain.

9. In the "15 June 1905" dream, what is the young woman staring at?
(a) A photograph of her boyfriend.
(b) A photograph of a swing in her yard.
(c) A photograph of her dog.
(d) A photograph of her as a child.

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

11. How do the Laters walk and dress?
(a) The Laters walk when they have to only and wear bed-clothes at all times.
(b) The Laters walk absentmindedly and wear long dress like clothing.
(c) The Laters walk with an easy gait and dress in loose fitting clothes.
(d) The Laters walk hurriedly so as to not be accosted into doing something now and they wear robes.

12. 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 constant order.
(d) In a state of distress.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In the third Interlude, what does Besso say that he sees in the clouds?

2. How long ago, in the "17 June 1905" dream, did the lovers meet?

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

4. In the world described in the "3 June 1905" dream, how do people learn about the seasons?

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

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