Einstein's Dreams Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 does the narrator want readers to "suppose" time is in the "10 June 1905" dream?

2. What have those who live in the world of the "9 June 1905" dream determined is the only way to live?

3. What is happening in the young woman's house in the "15 June 1905" dream?

4. In the "15 June 1905 dream," where is the young woman at the end of the dream?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the "withered woman" from the 2 June 1905 dream?

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

3. Describe the life of a "Now."

4. Describe the way that time is experienced in the 5 June 1905 dream.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Salman Rushdie states that the novel is "intellectually provocative and touching and comical and so very beautifully written." (Dust cover quote-1993 edition by Pantheon Books, New York) What, from this quote, do you agree with? What do you disagree with? Based on your stand as a reader, support your belief with textual evidence. Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

Essay Topic 3

Reread the 3 June 1905 dream. What "problems" do you find exist in this dream? What realities could actually exist in this world and what "realities" could not? What are the forces that work against each other in this dream? Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

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