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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. What is the narrator's explanation of such a short life in the "3 June 1905" dream?
(a) That the earth spins forward only halfway through a full revolution and then moves backward to the starting point.
(b) That the Earth is farther out in the solar system (like Neptune).
(c) That a person's heart beats so slowly and powerfully that the heart wears out quickly.
(d) The earth spins so slowly that it takes a whole life time to complete one revolution.

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

3. 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) Their own record of sins.
(c) Personal cameras to record their visits.
(d) A cross to ward off evil.

4. 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 future.
(d) They have no hope.

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

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. According to the "5 June 1905" dream, how does this world seem?

3. What does the middle-aged man receive during the "2 June 1905" dream?

4. 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?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the cafe that stands on the corner of Kramgasse and Theaterplatz.

3. What is the young woman at no. 27 Viktoriastrasse doing right before she thrusts herself into the future?

4. For the world described in the 29 May 1905 dream, why are the inhabitants constantly in motion?

5. Describe the life of a "Now."

6. How does the narrator describe time in the 17 June 1905 dream?

7. In the 22 May 1905 dream, what happens for those who have seen a glimpse of their future?

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

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

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

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