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. According to the narrator in the "3 May 1905" dream, a world of sincerity is also a world of what?

2. Where do all of the people gather one minute before the end of the world?

3. Why is the woman, hiding at no. 22 Kamgasse, crouching in the shadows?

4. Where does the man in the leather jacket work at in Berne?

5. What month is it in the "19 April 1905" dream?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Besso believe that there are problems with Einstein's reasoning behind his creation of a theory of time?

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

6. What do the untidy people of the 11 May 1905 world do in life?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Reread the 3 June 1905 dream. What "problems" do you find exist in this dream? What realities could actually exist in this world and what "realities" could not? What are the forces that work against each other in this dream? 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

Discuss the Great Clock. What problems are associated with placing all trust in a manmade object? What are the benefits associated with placing all trust in a synthetic object? Would you choose to place you life in the motion of the clock or not? Why? Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

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