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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. In the world described in the "11 May 1905" dream, what happens in the springtime?
2. To take advantage of what scientists have discovered in the past, what have some people done to their homes?
3. How does a traveler from the future talk?
4. Why will schools close a year before the end of the world?
5. What does the narrator want readers to suppose time is?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the people who live by "mechanical time."
2. What happens every day for the townspeople of Berne? (28 April 1905)
3. What are the benefits of living in a world in which cause and effect are erratic?
4. What do the untidy people of the 11 May 1905 world do in life?
5. What happens to travelers as they enter the world described in the 14 May 1905 dream?
6. Explain the meeting between the two couples in the 4 May 1905 dream.
7. According to the first Interlude, why is Besso worried about Einstein?
8. Explain what the following statement means: Each time is true, but the truths are not the same.
9. What are the benefits of a world in which time is absolute?
10. What effect does height have in the 26 April 1905 dream?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Given that this novel is written by someone other than Einstein, do you believe that the author was working out a theory of his own and used Einstein as a muse? What would support your standing? 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
Discuss the relationship between Einstein and Besso. Who do you think the relationship is more important to? Why? Who do you think the relationship is more taxing on? Why? Is the relationship relevant to the understanding of the novel? Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.
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