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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, why does this world exist as it does?
(a) Time passes in slow motion.
(b) Time passes more slowly for those in motion.
(c) Time passes more slowly for those who keep order.
(d) Time passes more slowly for those in distress.

2. What invention preceded the notice of the "speed effect"?
(a) Da Vinci's invention of the parachute.
(b) The invention of the internal combustion engine.
(c) The Wright Brothers' invention of the first engine plane.
(d) Newton's invention of the laws of universal gravitation and motion.

3. How long ago, in the "17 June 1905" dream, did the lovers meet?
(a) One week ago.
(b) One year ago.
(c) One day ago.
(d) One month ago.

4. How does time move in the world described in the 2 June 1905 dream?
(a) Backwards with no consciousness by those growing younger.
(b) Backward.
(c) Backwards with exceptions.
(d) Backwards with spurts of forward movement.

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

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

7. According to Besso, what does Einstein live without?
(a) Hate.
(b) Pain.
(c) Passion.
(d) Love.

8. How is the population of the cities in the "9 June 1905" dreams split?
(a) In four: The Laters, the Nows, the Nevers, and the Always.
(b) In three: The Laters, the Nows, and the Nevers.
(c) In three: The Laters, the Nows, the Intentionals.
(d) In two: The Laters and the Nows.

9. According to the "5 June 1905" dream, how does this world seem?
(a) Homogeneous.
(b) Common.
(c) Erratic.
(d) Blinding.

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

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

12. According to the narrator in the "22 May 1905" dream, a world that gives brief scenes from the future, what kinds of risks do people take?
(a) Everything a person does is a risk.
(b) Few.
(c) None at all.
(d) Only the risks that concern their children.

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

14. What actions of Einstein's surprised Besso when he looked like Einstein does now?
(a) When Einstein quit his own job to care for Besso.
(b) When Einstein took a leave from work to travel with Besso on a personal health vacation.
(c) Einstein took Besso into his home and cared for him for a month.
(d) When Einstein came to Besso's home to care for him.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the young woman staring at in the end of the "15 June 1905" dream?"

2. How is time described in the "17 June 1905" dream?

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

4. According to the narrator, in the world described in the "22 May 1905" dream, what happens to people who have not had "their vision"?

5. Where does Besso invite Einstein to come to at the close of the second Interlude?

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