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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 invention preceded the notice of the "speed effect"?
2. How is the world described in the "15 June 1905" dream?
3. When does Besso remember looking like Einstein as he is now (second Interlude)?
4. Why does the young man choose to return to his proper place in time rather than staying a few minutes in the future in the "15 June 1905" dream?
5. According to the narrator, the world described in the "11 June 1905" dream, is a world without what?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the life of a peach in the world where time travels in reverse.
2. What has the young woman at no. 27 Viktoriastrasse missed in her life because of the sudden thrust into the future?
3. In the 22 May 1905 dream, what happens for those who have not seen a glimpse of their future yet?
4. Why have some inhabitants of the 29 May 1905 world become frustrated and despondent?
5. In the second Interlude, to what does Besso compare Einstein's present health?
6. Describe the life of a "Now."
7. Describe what happens between the baker and the woman in the 17 June 1905 dream.
8. What is the biggest problem associated with living in the 20 May 1905 world?
9. Describe the two different views people of the 15 June 1905 world can have.
10. How did the notion of the speed effect come to be known?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the relationship between Einstein and Besso. Who do you think the relationship is more important to? Why? Who do you think the relationship is more taxing on? Why? Is the relationship relevant to the understanding of the novel? Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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