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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 "15 June 1905 dream," where is the young woman at the end of the dream?
(a) In a nursing home.
(b) In her parent's home.
(c) In her bed.
(d) In her husband's home.

2. How is the world described in the "15 June 1905" dream?
(a) Time is reversible.
(b) Time is a visible dimension.
(c) Time is oblivious to all inhabitants.
(d) Time is negotiable.

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

4. Why does the man at the graveside ("2 June 1905" dream) not weep for his friend?
(a) The man believes in a second life better than the first.
(b) The man has no tears left given his friend has had a very long sickness leading up to his death.
(c) His friend lived a very good life and he refuses to mourn him.
(d) His friend will be with him again given that time moves backward in this world.

5. 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 pictures.
(d) Through notes from the dead.

Short Answer Questions

1. What invention preceded the notice of the "speed effect"?

2. How is the population of the cities in the "9 June 1905" dreams split?

3. What happens to the woman described in the "2 June 1905" dream?

4. What is the paper on that Einstein set on Besso's desk (as told in the second Interlude)?

5. In the third Interlude, what does Besso say that he sees in the clouds?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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