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 kind of person does Besso think Einstein is?

2. According to the narrator, what is a world with one month a world of?

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

4. How many dimensions does the man in the leather coat live in simultaneously?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Einstein's desk differ from the others in the patent office?

3. What are the benefits of a world in which time is absolute?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the novel, do you believe the past is just as important as the present and future? Why? What evidence from the novel leads you to believe this? Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the representation of time and dreams in the novel. Can you find any links that actualize the parallels between dreams and time? Cite three examples from the text that show commonalities between dreams and time. Discuss these parallels in a comparison essay.

Essay Topic 3

The end of the novel can be very confusing for some readers. Einstein is said to feel empty after giving his theory to the typist.

- For those readers that were confused by this, discuss why this statement is confusing. What makes you confused about the ending? What could have been done to help you understand the reasoning behind the ending?

- For those readers that were not confused by the ending, discuss the ending for you. Why did ending the novel this way bring closure for you? How did this ending make sense for you as a reader?

Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

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