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. In the "3 May 1905" dream, what have most people learned how to do?

2. According to the narrator, what did "just as things will be repeated in the future, all things now happening" do?

3. For the town described in the "4 May 1905" dream, times passes, but what happens?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What happens one month before the world ends?

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

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

8. Describe how the world is described in the 19 April 1905 dream.

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

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

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

Choose a dream that would be the best and worst match for your life. Write a compare and contrast essay regarding why one best suits you and why the other does not. Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

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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