Einstein's Dreams Test | Final 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. Why do some people, in the world described in the "29 May 1905" dream, refuse to look out their windows?

2. What can a person see from the cafe on the corner of Kramagasse and Theaterplatz?

3. According to the "29 May 1905" dream, how does the world exist?

4. What does the narrator want readers to "suppose" time is in the "10 June 1905" dream?

5. In the second Interlude, what is the first dialogue between Besso and Einstein that the reader comes across?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator describe time in the 17 June 1905 dream?

2. Why does the man at the graveside refuse to weep for his deceased friend?

3. Describe the life of a "Now."

4. Describe the way that time is experienced in the 5 June 1905 dream.

5. How did the notion of the speed effect come to be known?

6. In the 22 May 1905 dream, what happens for those who have seen a glimpse of their future?

7. Why does the young man in the 17 June 1905 dream leave his lover and tell her he cannot see her again?

8. Describe the life of a peach in the world where time travels in reverse.

9. What has the young woman at no. 27 Viktoriastrasse missed in her life because of the sudden thrust into the future?

10. Describe the two different views people of the 15 June 1905 world can have.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Discuss the fact that the novel takes place over two hours of "real time." What is the importance of this fact? Given that the novel describes many different aspects of time, how does the novel support the multiple theories or does it actually play against the theme of time? Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

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