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 is the last image readers are left with at the end of the "15 May 1905" dream?

2. What are the two times explained in the "24 April 1905" dream?

3. What rushes forward to envelope the people in the last seconds before the world ends?

4. What does the narrator say about a world with no time?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Besso think that Einstein is capable of anything?

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

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

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

7. What happens to travelers as they enter the world described in the 14 May 1905 dream?

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

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

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

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 while fully explaining why the textual evidence is being used:

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

Essay Topic 2

Regard the novel as a whole. What did you find meaningful or meaningless? What gave you the most to think about and why? Did any part of the novel cause you to look at life and time and redefine the actions of your own life? What parts of the novel caused this re-defining of your own life? Why? Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

Essay Topic 3

Salman Rushdie states that the novel is "intellectually provocative and touching and comical and so very beautifully written." (Dust cover quote-1993 edition by Pantheon Books, New York) What, from this quote, do you agree with? What do you disagree with? Based on your stand as a reader, support your belief with textual evidence. Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

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