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. In what month is the Prologue set?

2. On the last day of the world, who are the people with the unnatural smiles?

3. How does time move in the "14 May 1905" dream?

4. Why is the woman in the linen shop on Amthausgasse?

5. According to the dream on "24 April 1905," what happens when the two "times" meet?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was the creation of the Great Clock horrifying for humankind?

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

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

4. How is pride created for inhabitants of cites in the 20 June 1905 dream world?

5. How can one identify people who have been transported back in time? (16 April 1905)

6. What are the problems associated with living in different cities in the world described in the 20 June 1905 dream?

7. How does the narrator describe the phenomenon of people only living one day in the 3 June 1905 dream?

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

9. What options do people have when it comes to reading their Book of Life?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Answer the following essay question being sure to use at least two examples while fully explaining why the textual evidence is being used:

- What is your favorite dream from "Einstein's Dreams" and why?

Essay Topic 2

Reread the "8 May 1905" dream. Given the similar state of our world today (12-12-12 end of the world), whether you believe that the end of the world coincides with the end of the Mayan calendar, do you believe the movements described in the novel are believable? Why or why not? How do you think the period of time described in the novel should be spent? Why? Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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