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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. In the "17 June 1905" dream, why does the young man tell his lover that he cannot see her again?
2. How long ago, in the "17 June 1905" dream, did the lovers meet?
3. Why does the young man choose to return to his proper place in time rather than staying a few minutes in the future in the "15 June 1905" dream?
4. How does time move in the world described in the 2 June 1905 dream?
5. What do all of the people of the world described in the "9 June 1905" dream have in common?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does the man at the graveside refuse to weep for his deceased friend?
2. Describe the life of a "Now."
3. Why does the young man in the 17 June 1905 dream leave his lover and tell her he cannot see her again?
4. Describe the two different views people of the 15 June 1905 world can have.
5. According to the 3 June 1905 dream, describe how a person born in December exists.
6. In the second Interlude, to what does Besso compare Einstein's present health?
7. In the 22 May 1905 dream, what happens for those who have not seen a glimpse of their future yet?
8. What is the young woman at no. 27 Viktoriastrasse doing right before she thrusts herself into the future?
9. How does the narrator describe a world without a future?
10. Why do sunset and sunrise babies become frightened when the light changes?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Reread the "8 May 1905" dream. Given the similar state of our world today (12-12-12 end of the world), whether you believe that the end of the world coincides with the end of the Mayan calendar, do you believe the movements described in the novel are believable? Why or why not? How do you think the period of time described in the novel should be spent? Why? Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.
Essay Topic 2
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 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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