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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How are Americans foolish?
(a) To be unconcerned with the rest of the world.
(b) To give false assurances to their allies.
(c) To believe Hitler's promises.
(d) To participate in a war that is not of their making.

2. According to Einstein, what provides no security to the world situation?
(a) Belief in God.
(b) Prayer.
(c) The League of Nations and Court of Arbitration.
(d) Weapons.

3. Security through superior military power is what?
(a) An illusion.
(b) Ultimately beneficial.
(c) Useful to a certain point.
(d) A wise attempt.

4. What is one of Freud's accomplishments that Einstein praises?
(a) His desire to share openly.
(b) His ability to arbitrate for peace.
(c) His system of dream interpretation.
(d) Freud's binding in the psyche of combative/destructive instincts with those of love and life.

5. What do the intellectual élite lack?
(a) Compassion for those of lesser ilk.
(b) The foresight to make practical decisions.
(c) The cohesion to attack contemporary problems.
(d) The ability to understand basic causes.

6. Why does Einstein say individuals should not be singled out and given all-encompassing admiration?
(a) It will discourage true thought.
(b) It will give them too high an opinion of themselves.
(c) Because there are many quiet, unobtrusive individuals as deserving as the one singled out.
(d) It will discourage others to excel.

7. How does the individual develop and gain significance?
(a) By clear thinking.
(b) By having good genes.
(c) By diligent striving.
(d) Through participation in the human community.

8. Why must disarmament and joint security occur all at once or not at all?
(a) Because as long as war is possible, everyone wants to be in a position to win.
(b) Because those countries still armed will not do what they say once others disarm.
(c) Because peace is unenforcable if some countries are still armed.
(d) Because someone will inevitably double cross the others.

9. What is valued more in Europe than in the United States?
(a) Competition.
(b) Visual art and music.
(c) Honor.
(d) Tradition.

10. In what year is "Religion and Science: Irreconcilable?" written?
(a) 1944.
(b) 1940
(c) 1948.
(d) 1950.

11. What puzzles Einstein about one aspect of the American economy?
(a) The high tariffs on foreign goods.
(b) That the cost of labor is so high in comparison to goods produced.
(c) The fact that paper money is not backed by gold and silver.
(d) The lack of a savings plan.

12. In "Paradise Lost," what does Einstein particularly rue?
(a) That Milton did not go far enough in his epic poem.
(b) That he has no artistic talents.
(c) That Eve is blamed for sin.
(d) That nationalism has subverted the sharing of intellectual and artistic pursuits.

13. Unless all nations band together to face aggressors, what is inevitable?
(a) Universal anarchy and terror.
(b) Capitulation of pacific nations.
(c) Universal domination and subjugation.
(d) Triumph of evil.

14. What sort of life does Einstein believe is good for all human beings?
(a) Simple.
(b) Intensely focused.
(c) Full of change.
(d) Cluttered with stuff with which to amuse.

15. What governing system does Einstein think is best?
(a) Democracy.
(b) Monarchy.
(c) Totalitarianism.
(d) Democratic monarchy.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of what does Einstein warn Fascist nations?

2. Who does Einstein say are now the ones who advocate international thought?

3. Once combat starts, what is meaningless?

4. Who does Einstein urge to appreciate the legacy of countless generations and work to understand all nations and ages?

5. How does Einstein view Bertrand Russell?

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