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. If a person holds no ambitions in the world described in the "4 May 1905" dream, what happens to him?

2. According to the narrator, people in their correct time period do not make contact with those from the future. How are those from the future looked at?

3. What is wondrous about the world described in the "11 May 1905" dream?

4. Finish the following line: "A world in which time is absolute is a world of ____________."

5. Who has Besso received a letter from announcing a visit?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the people who live by "mechanical time."

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

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

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

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

6. What are the benefits of living in a world in which cause and effect are erratic?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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