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. How does time move in the "14 May 1905" dream?

2. What happens one month before the end of the world?

3. How many pages is the young man's theory of time?

4. According to the narrator, what did scientists discover in the past?

5. What happens to time in the "14 May 1905" dream?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Besso think that Einstein is capable of anything?

3. Why do schools close one year before the end of the world?

4. What happens one month before the world ends?

5. Why do people in the 26 April 1905 dream choose to live in the mountains?

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

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

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

9. What are the benefits of living in a world in which cause and effect are erratic?

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 while fully explaining why the textual evidence is being used:

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

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Take into consideration the many different representations of time described in the novel. Find the most realistic representation of time, described in a dream, and build a case as to why it is the most reasonable representation of what time could be. Be sure to use textual based examples to prove why this representation could exist in reality.

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