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

Alan Lightman
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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. Why does Einstein sneak away from his wife in the middle of the night?

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

3. Where do the Swiss and English couples meet yearly?

4. What month does the Swiss and English couple meet to vacation together?

5. According to the narrator in the "28 April 1905" dream, what is visible in all places?

Short Essay Questions

1. What effect does height have in the 26 April 1905 dream?

2. What happens when there is only one day until the end of the world?

3. Why is there no communication between people of the present and people from the future? (16 April 1905)

4. What is the problem living life within the confines of solitary moments? (14 April 1905)

5. What happens one minute before the end of the world?

6. What are the benefits of a world in which time is absolute?

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

8. What happens one month before the world ends?

9. Why are some people unhappy in the world where time exists as a circle?

10. Describe Einstein's appearance at the patent office.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The end of the novel can be very confusing for some readers. Einstein is said to feel empty after giving his theory to the typist.

- For those readers that were confused by this, discuss why this statement is confusing. What makes you confused about the ending? What could have been done to help you understand the reasoning behind the ending?

- For those readers that were not confused by the ending, discuss the ending for you. Why did ending the novel this way bring closure for you? How did this ending make sense for you as a reader?

Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the fact that the novel takes place over two hours of "real time." What is the importance of this fact? Given that the novel describes many different aspects of time, how does the novel support the multiple theories or does it actually play against the theme of time? Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

Essay Topic 3

In the novel, do you believe the past is just as important as the present and future? Why? What evidence from the novel leads you to believe this? Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

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