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

2. How do the clouds appear, in the "17 June 1905" dream, after a gap in time?

3. What invention preceded the notice of the "speed effect"?

4. In the "2 June 1905" dream, how does the story of the woman end?

5. How is the population of the cities in the "9 June 1905" dreams split?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the narrator describe a world without a future?

5. In the 22 May 1905 dream, what happens for those who have not seen a glimpse of their future yet?

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 the phenomenon of people only living one day in the 3 June 1905 dream?

8. Why have some inhabitants of the 29 May 1905 world become frustrated and despondent?

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

10. In the second Interlude, to what does Besso compare Einstein's present health?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose a dream that would be the best and worst match for your life. Write a compare and contrast essay regarding why one best suits you and why the other does not. 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

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.

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