Einstein's Dreams Test | Final Test - Hard

Alan Lightman
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the second Interlude, what is the first dialogue between Besso and Einstein that the reader comes across?

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

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

4. Who is responsible for discovering the "speed effect?"

5. What time of the day is it at the beginning of the second Interlude?

Essay 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

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

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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