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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 does the narrator want readers to "suppose" time is in the "10 June 1905" dream?
(a) A measurement.
(b) A sole existence.
(c) A quality and not a quantity.
(d) A quantity and not a quality.

2. What can a person see from the cafe on the corner of Kramagasse and Theaterplatz?
(a) The Aare.
(b) The Zahringer Fountain.
(c) The whole city of Berne.
(d) The Bernese Alps.

3. According to the "29 May 1905" dream, how does the world exist?
(a) In a state of constant order.
(b) In slow motion.
(c) In constant motion.
(d) In a state of distress.

4. 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 guaranteed success.
(b) Their world is one of constant failures.
(c) Their world is fragmented.
(d) Their world is one of uncompleted plans.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the narrator want readers to imagine in the "3 June 1905" dream?

3. In the "15 June 1905 dream," where is the young woman at the end of the dream?

4. According to the dream on 3 June 1905, what is life a brief movement of?

5. In the third Interlude, where are Einstein and Besso?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the "withered woman" from the 2 June 1905 dream?

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the way that time is experienced in the 5 June 1905 dream.

7. Describe what happens between the baker and the woman in the 17 June 1905 dream.

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

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

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

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