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. Why do some people, in the world described in the "29 May 1905" dream, refuse to look out their windows?

2. How can Besso tell that Einstein is making progress on his theory?

3. What is the narrator's explanation of such a short life in the "3 June 1905" dream?

4. What does the middle-aged man in the "2 June 1905" dream hope to know about that no one else has ever known?

5. What is the young woman staring at in the end of the "15 June 1905" dream?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the narrator describe the phenomenon of people only living one day in the 3 June 1905 dream?

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

5. What is the biggest problem associated with living in the 20 May 1905 world?

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

7. Describe the cafe that stands on the corner of Kramgasse and Theaterplatz.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Einstein's health is a major concern for Besso. Why do you believe that Besso is concerned about Einstein's health? Are there any specific examples given in the Interludes that would make one think that there was reason for Besso's concern? 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

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.

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