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

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

3. What can a person see from the cafe on the corner of Kramagasse and Theaterplatz?

4. According to the "20 May 1905 dream, what must people do at the end of the day?

5. What is wrong with the people who live in the world described in the "20 May 1905" dream?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does the young man in the 17 June 1905 dream leave his lover and tell her he cannot see her again?

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

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

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

7. Describe the life of a "Now."

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

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

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

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

Discuss the fact that the novel takes place over two hours of "real time." What is the importance of this fact? Given that the novel describes many different aspects of time, how does the novel support the multiple theories or does it actually play against the theme of time? Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

Essay Topic 3

Take into consideration the many different representations of time described in the novel. Find the most realistic representation of time, described in a dream, and build a case as to why it is the most reasonable representation of what time could be. Be sure to use textual based examples to prove why this representation could exist in reality.

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