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. How can Besso tell that Einstein is making progress on his theory?
(a) The erratic way Einstein's hair is jutting out in all directions.
(b) The fact that Einstein has not changed clothes in three days.
(c) The way that Einstein's eye look glassed over.
(d) The dark circles under Einstein's eyes.

2. 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 do as much as they can, as soon as they can.
(c) To die.
(d) To ask all others of their advice.

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

4. In the "15 June 1905 dream," where is the young woman at the end of the dream?
(a) In her parent's home.
(b) In her husband's home.
(c) In a nursing home.
(d) In her bed.

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

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

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

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

9. What is wrong with the people who live in the world described in the "20 May 1905" dream?
(a) They have no dreams.
(b) They have no memories.
(c) They have no hope.
(d) They have no future.

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

11. For people in the world described in the "20 May 1905" dream, what does each one carry?
(a) Their own personal Book of Life.
(b) A cross to ward off evil.
(c) Their own record of sins.
(d) Personal cameras to record their visits.

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

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

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

15. What month is it, in the "15 June 1905" dream, for the young man in the polytechnic in Zurich?
(a) October.
(b) December.
(c) June.
(d) July.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do some people, in the world described in the "29 May 1905" dream, refuse to look out their windows?

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

3. According to the narrator, in the world described in the "22 May 1905" dream, what happens to people who have had "their vision"?

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

5. In the third Interlude, where are Einstein and Besso?

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