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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. In the world described in the "3 June 1905" dream, how do people learn about the seasons?
(a) From books.
(b) Through museums.
(c) Through notes from the dead.
(d) Through pictures.

5. In the "11 June 1905" dream, what is the last thought that the young man has?
(a) That the world ends in rain.
(b) That the world ends in darkness.
(c) That the world ends in cloudy skies.
(d) That the world ends in sunlight.

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 the narrator's explanation of such a short life in the "3 June 1905" dream?

3. What happens to the people in the world, described in the "10 June 1905" dream, who attempt to quantify time?

4. What do all of the people of the world described in the "9 June 1905" dream have in common?

5. According to the "22 May 1905" dream, how does time flow in the world described?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the biggest problem associated with living in the 20 May 1905 world?

2. How does the narrator describe the phenomenon of people only living one day in the 3 June 1905 dream?

3. Describe the life of a "Now."

4. Why do sunset and sunrise babies become frightened when the light changes?

5. How did the notion of the speed effect come to be known?

6. Why have some inhabitants of the 29 May 1905 world become frustrated and despondent?

7. What has the young woman at no. 27 Viktoriastrasse missed in her life because of the sudden thrust into the future?

8. Describe the life of a peach in the world where time travels in reverse.

9. What options do people have when it comes to reading their Book of Life?

10. In the second Interlude, to what does Besso compare Einstein's present health?

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