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

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

3. What does the middle-aged man in the "2 June 1905" dream hope to know about that no one else has ever known?
(a) Facts about light.
(b) Relativity.
(c) Laws of Time.
(d) Nature.

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

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

6. What does the middle-aged man receive during the "2 June 1905" dream?
(a) A Nobel Prize for physics.
(b) A Humanitarian Award.
(c) A Nobel Prize for literature.
(d) The Georg B├╝chner Prize.

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 mad that others are traveling faster than they are.
(b) Because they are afraid to look upon the clock tower on Kramgasse.
(c) Because they live in complete solitude and what no interference.
(d) Because they are afraid that others are moving slower than they are.

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

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

10. Who is the author of the paper that Einstein left on Besso's desk?
(a) Kaiser.
(b) Lorentz.
(c) Zeeman.
(d) Maxwell.

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

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

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

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

15. According to the narrator, in the world described in the "22 May 1905" dream, what happens to people who have had "their vision"?
(a) Their world is one of uncompleted plans.
(b) Their world is fragmented.
(c) Their world is one of constant failures.
(d) Their world is one of guaranteed success.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. What is happening in the young woman's house in the "15 June 1905" dream?

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

4. In the "17 June 1905" dream, why is the baker yelling at a woman?

5. In the "11 June 1905" dream, imagining the _____________ is no more possible than seeing colors beyond _______________.

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