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

2. How does the narrator describe births, marriages, and deaths in the 15 June 1905 dream?

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

4. Who is carried into the woman's home (in the "2 June 1905" dream)?

5. According to the narrator, in the world described in the "22 May 1905" dream, what happens to people who have had "their vision"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What options do people have when it comes to reading their Book of Life?

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

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

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

6. Describe the life of a "Now."

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

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

9. In the 22 May 1905 dream, what happens for those who have seen a glimpse of their future?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Answer the following essay question being sure to use at least two examples while fully explaining why the textual evidence is being used:

- What is your favorite dream from "Einstein's Dreams" and why?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Choose a representation of time from the novel and examine why it is not a realistic representation of time. Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses as to why this "world" is the most unrealistic from the novel.

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