Einstein's Dreams Test | 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. Why will schools close a year before the end of the world?

2. While walking with Einstein, during the Interlude, what does Besso wonder about?

3. Why is the woman in the linen shop on Amthausgasse?

4. To take advantage of what scientists have discovered in the past, what have some people done to their homes?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the tragedy of the world described in the 10 May 1905 dream?

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

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

5. Explain the meeting between the two couples in the 4 May 1905 dream.

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

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

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

9. Describe the people who live by "mechanical time."

10. How does Einstein's desk differ from the others in the patent office?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Answer the following essay question being sure to use at least two examples and fully explaining the reasoning behind your answer:

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the formatting of the novel. Choose one of the following prompts discussing the formatting of the novel:

- Were you confused by the dates of the chapters and the meaning behind them?

- When did you realize the chapters were describing dreams and not realities for the novel?

- Why do you believe that readers are not given more information on Einstein himself about the movement of the novel?

- Do you think that this adds to the flow of the novel or hinders the flow of it?

- What relevance does Besso play in the novel?

- Why does the reader see more of his thoughts than Einstein's?

Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

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