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

2. When does Besso remember looking like Einstein as he is now (second Interlude)?
(a) When Besso's wife was diagnosed with a fatal illness.
(b) When Besso's father died.
(c) When Besso found out he was losing his job.
(d) When Besso's son died.

3. How do the clouds appear, in the "17 June 1905" dream, after a gap in time?
(a) Gone completely.
(b) Moved, but not really enough to notice.
(c) Exactly the same.
(d) Moved and, therefore, confusing for inhabitants.

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

5. 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 grimaces.
(b) Due to a gap in time, she lets on tear fall.
(c) Due to a gap in time, she hesitates.
(d) Due to a gap in time, she frowns.

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

7. 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.

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

9. Where is Einstein looking as the second Interlude comes to a close?
(a) Towards the town clock.
(b) Into space.
(c) Towards Aare.
(d) Towards the Bernese Alps.

10. What is time, in the "17 June 1905" dream, described as?
(a) A congested interstate.
(b) A length of braided rope.
(c) A stretch of nerve fibers.
(d) A stretch of veins in the human body.

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

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

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

14. According to the narrator, in the world described in the "22 May 1905" dream, what happens to people who have not had "their vision"?
(a) Their world is one of constant success.
(b) Their world is one of inactive suspense.
(c) Their world is one of inevitable failures.
(d) Their world is one of constant reminders of deeds gone wrong.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who is responsible for discovering the "speed effect?"

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

4. What is wrong with the people who live in the world described in the "20 May 1905" dream?

5. According to the "20 May 1905 dream, what must people do at the end of the day?

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