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. What is time compared to in the "16 April 1905" dream?

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

3. What are the two times explained in the "24 April 1905" dream?

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

5. In the world described in the "11 May 1905" dream, what does the passage of time bring?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens one month before the world ends?

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

5. What happens every day for the townspeople of Berne? (28 April 1905)

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

7. At the end of the 26 April 1905 dream, what are the negative effects of living in the mountains?

8. For the world described in the 11 May 1905 dream, describe the differences between the past and the future.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Salman Rushdie states that the novel is "intellectually provocative and touching and comical and so very beautifully written." (Dust cover quote-1993 edition by Pantheon Books, New York) What, from this quote, do you agree with? What do you disagree with? Based on your stand as a reader, support your belief with textual evidence. Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

Essay Topic 2

Choose a representation of time from the novel and examine why it is not a realistic representation of time. Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses as to why this "world" is the most unrealistic from the novel.

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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