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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. 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 sunlight.
(d) That the world ends in cloudy skies.

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

3. In the "17 June 1905" dream, why is the baker yelling at a woman?
(a) She is late for work.
(b) She has not paid her bill.
(c) She is his lover and they are arguing.
(d) She is not making her regular pick-ups on time.

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

5. What happens to the people in the world, described in the "10 June 1905" dream, who attempt to quantify time?
(a) They are banished into other "worlds."
(b) They turn to stone.
(c) They leave to find a place where they can quantify time.
(d) They turn to ice.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What month is it, in the "15 June 1905" dream, for the young man in the polytechnic in Zurich?

3. In the "2 June 1905" dream, how does the story of the woman end?

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 have those who live in the world of the "9 June 1905" dream determined is the only way to live?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the man at the graveside refuse to weep for his deceased friend?

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

3. In the 22 May 1905 dream, what happens for those who have not seen a glimpse of their future yet?

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

5. Why does the young man in the 17 June 1905 dream leave his lover and tell her he cannot see her again?

6. According to the 3 June 1905 dream, describe how a person born in December exists.

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

8. How does the narrator describe a world without a future?

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

10. Describe the two different views people of the 15 June 1905 world can have.

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