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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Einstein believe about all profound scientists?
(a) That they are fooling not only themselves but the public.
(b) That they hold knowledge to a higher standard of verification than is necessary.
(c) That they are religious, but not religiously naïve.
(d) That they cannot be trusted.

2. Upon what are Einstein's inner and outer lives based?
(a) The tenets of Christianity.
(b) The efforts towards understanding.
(c) The efforts of other men.
(d) The contemplation of infinity.

3. Who does Einstein say are now the ones who advocate international thought?
(a) Communists.
(b) Politicians.
(c) Intellectuals.
(d) Pseudo-artists.

4. How does Einstein view Bertrand Russell?
(a) Admirably.
(b) With much sceptism.
(c) With contempt.
(d) With condescension.

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

6. What three topics are addressed in Part 1?
(a) Freedom, love, government.
(b) Science, religion, and relationships.
(c) Freedom, religion, and education.
(d) Government, education and religion.

7. What does Einstein encourage lesser scientists to do?
(a) To help those scientist on the edge of big break throughs.
(b) To work diligently even if its on a very small discovery.
(c) Not be isolationist.
(d) To work alone and not waste the time of geniuses.

8. Whose work shatters the framework of classical mechanics and provides the basis for further research in physics?
(a) Max Planck.
(b) Paul Dirac.
(c) Frederick Grover.
(d) Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen.

9. What will force even the most reactionary scientists to cooperate?
(a) The desire for knowledge.
(b) War.
(c) Political pressure.
(d) Economic pressures.

10. Though science can produce knowledge and means of action, what can it not do?
(a) Initiate that action.
(b) Stop thinking that arises from myth.
(c) Produce truth.
(d) Set goals or pass value judgments.

11. How does a country enslave its citizens?
(a) Through the rationing of basic necessities.
(b) Through economic deprivation.
(c) Through forced military service.
(d) Through engendering mistrust amongst their citizens.

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

13. What has stood in the way of the development of technology in China and India?
(a) Low technological ability.
(b) Dense population.
(c) Industrial people.
(d) Religious intolerance.

14. What does Einstein say prompts efficiency and the development of technology in the United States?
(a) The value of the individual in the United States.
(b) The intellectual prowess of Americans.
(c) The high cost of labor.
(d) The general lazy nature of Americans.

15. By what ideals has Einstein lived?
(a) Kindness, beauty and truth.
(b) Truth, industry and happiness.
(c) Happiness, honor and comfort.
(d) Beauty, happiness and curiousity.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Einstein say about the League of Nations' Committee of Intellectual Cooperation?

2. In what year is "Religion and Science: Irreconcilable?" written?

3. What is one attribute of American research that is giving them an increasing edge in the development of technology over other countries?

4. What does Einstein say about the struggle for human rights?

5. How does Einstein characterize the House Un-American Activities Committee?

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