Einstein's Dreams Test | Final Test - Hard

Alan Lightman
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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. According to Besso, what does Einstein live without?

2. In the "11 June 1905" dream, what is the last thought that the young man has?

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

4. How is the world actually seen by its residents in the "5 June 1905" dream?

5. In the "15 June 1905" dream, how many years in the future does the young woman go?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to the 3 June 1905 dream, describe how a person born in December exists.

2. Describe what happens between the baker and the woman in the 17 June 1905 dream.

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

4. For the world described in the 29 May 1905 dream, why are the inhabitants constantly in motion?

5. What is the young woman at no. 27 Viktoriastrasse doing right before she thrusts herself into the future?

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

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

8. Why do sunset and sunrise babies become frightened when the light changes?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the limited use of illustrations in the novel. Why do you believe that illustrations are only used to lead into the "current time" of the novel? What is the importance of their placement? Do you believe that the illustrations are simply illustrations, or are they relative to the novel in a functional way? Why? Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

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