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. Where are Besso and Einstein sitting in the second Interlude?

2. In the world described in the "3 June 1905" dream, how do people learn about the seasons?

3. In the "15 June 1905" dream, what is the young woman staring at?

4. How old is the young woman, in the "15 June 190" dream, when she finally stops her travel into the future?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Discuss the formatting of the novel. Choose one of the following prompts discussing the formatting of the novel:

- Were you confused by the dates of the chapters and the meaning behind them?

- When did you realize the chapters were describing dreams and not realities for the novel?

- Why do you believe that readers are not given more information on Einstein himself about the movement of the novel?

- Do you think that this adds to the flow of the novel or hinders the flow of it?

- What relevance does Besso play in the novel?

- Why does the reader see more of his thoughts than Einstein's?

Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

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