Einstein's Dreams Test | Final Test - Hard

Alan Lightman
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the author of the paper that Einstein left on Besso's desk?

2. What does the narrator want readers to "suppose" in the "9 June 1905" dream?

3. How are events triggered in the world described in the "10 June 1905" dream?

4. What do all of the people of the world described in the "9 June 1905" dream have in common?

5. What time of the day is it at the beginning of the second Interlude?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Consider the representation of time and dreams in the novel. Can you find any links that actualize the parallels between dreams and time? Cite three examples from the text that show commonalities between dreams and time. Discuss these parallels in a comparison essay.

Essay Topic 3

On the back of the novel, James Gleick is quoted for the novel saying, "No novelist, physicist, or philosopher has offered such a wonderful vision of what time has been or might be." What implication does this set up for the understanding of Einstein himself? What problems may this quote have for the author's intent of writing the novel? Why might Gleick's statement be misunderstood as negative towards Einstein and, therefore, the author himself? Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

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