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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, without commitment there is what?
2. What happens one month before the end of the world?
3. What is the name of Einstein's wife?
4. What happens to light in the "14 May 1905" dreams?
5. According to the narrator, why do "cursed citizens wrestle with their bedsheets"?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do the untidy people of the 11 May 1905 world do in life?
2. How can one identify people who have been transported back in time? (16 April 1905)
3. Why does Besso think that Einstein is capable of anything?
4. Why does Besso believe that there are problems with Einstein's reasoning behind his creation of a theory of time?
5. For the world described in the 11 May 1905 dream, describe the differences between the past and the future.
6. Why are some people unhappy in the world where time exists as a circle?
7. Describe the people who live by "bodily time."
8. What happens one minute before the end of the world?
9. Describe Einstein's appearance at the patent office.
10. Describe how the world is described in the 19 April 1905 dream.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 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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