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. How is the world described in the "15 June 1905" dream?

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

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

4. How long ago, in the "17 June 1905" dream, did the lovers meet?

5. What is the young woman staring at in the end of the "15 June 1905" dream?"

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the man at the graveside refuse to weep for his deceased friend?

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the life of a "Now."

8. For the world described in the 29 May 1905 dream, why are the inhabitants constantly in motion?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Einstein's health is a major concern for Besso. Why do you believe that Besso is concerned about Einstein's health? Are there any specific examples given in the Interludes that would make one think that there was reason for Besso's concern? Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.

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