Einstein's Dreams Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Alan Lightman
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does the man in the leather jacket work at in Berne?

2. If a person holds no ambitions in the world described in the "4 May 1905" dream, what happens to him?

3. What is the name of Basso's wife?

4. What did Einstein's theory of time begin as?

5. What is the woman in the shadows waiting for?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain what the following statement means: Each time is true, but the truths are not the same.

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

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

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

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

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

7. What happens to travelers as they enter the world described in the 14 May 1905 dream?

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

9. According to the first Interlude, why is Besso worried about Einstein?

10. Why was the creation of the Great Clock horrifying for humankind?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Einstein's health is a major concern for Besso. Why do you believe that Besso is concerned about Einstein's health? Are there any specific examples given in the Interludes that would make one think that there was reason for Besso's concern? Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

Essay Topic 2

Answer the following essay question being sure to use at least two examples while fully explaining why the textual evidence is being used:

- What is your favorite dream from "Einstein's Dreams" and why?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the Great Clock. What problems are associated with placing all trust in a manmade object? What are the benefits associated with placing all trust in a synthetic object? Would you choose to place you life in the motion of the clock or not? Why? Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

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