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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. For the town described in the "4 May 1905" dream, times passes, but what happens?
2. How many dimensions does the man in the leather coat live in simultaneously?
3. If a person holds no ambitions in the world described in the "4 May 1905" dream, what happens to him?
4. What did Einstein's theory of time begin as?
5. What does the narrator say people transported to the past fear?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the people who live by "bodily time."
2. Describe how the world is described in the 19 April 1905 dream.
3. Describe Einstein's appearance at the patent office.
4. Describe the people who live by "mechanical time."
5. Why is there no communication between people of the present and people from the future? (16 April 1905)
6. Why does Besso believe that there are problems with Einstein's reasoning behind his creation of a theory of time?
7. What do the untidy people of the 11 May 1905 world do in life?
8. What is the tragedy of the world described in the 10 May 1905 dream?
9. For the world described in the 11 May 1905 dream, describe the differences between the past and the future.
10. At the end of the 26 April 1905 dream, what are the negative effects of living in the mountains?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Take into consideration the many different representations of time described in the novel. Find the most realistic representation of time, described in a dream, and build a case as to why it is the most reasonable representation of what time could be. Be sure to use textual based examples to prove why this representation could exist in reality.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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