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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who has created the League of Nations?
(a) Intellectuals.
(b) Communits.
(c) Politicians.
(d) The common people.

2. Who is is the "noblest man of our times" and a natural leader?
(a) Mahatma Ghandi.
(b) The engineer Joseph Popper-Lynkaeus.
(c) J. Menniger.
(d) The Dutch physicist H. A. Lorentz.

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

4. What is one attribute of American research that is giving them an increasing edge in the development of technology over other countries?
(a) Selfishness.
(b) Propriety.
(c) Cooperation.
(d) Secrecy.

5. 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 someone will inevitably double cross the others.
(d) Because peace is unenforcable if some countries are still armed.

6. What does Einstein seem to hate above all else?
(a) War.
(b) Famine.
(c) Intellectual vapidity.
(d) Laziness.

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

8. Who does Einstein urge to appreciate the legacy of countless generations and work to understand all nations and ages?
(a) Elderly politicians.
(b) Those who would go to war.
(c) Happy youth.
(d) Unhappy youth.

9. What has science not done?
(a) Given humankind the means to achieve an end to war.
(b) Freed people from religious heresy.
(c) Freed people from superstition.
(d) Given humankind a sense of purpose.

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

11. What does Einstein say about the League of Nations' Committee of Intellectual Cooperation?
(a) It is full of hot air.
(b) It at least embodies the principle that "something must be done."
(c) It may eventually prove to be valuable.
(d) Its members are facists at best.

12. What does Einstein value in the German system of government?
(a) Its help for people in need or illness.
(b) Its rigidity.
(c) Its adherence to tradition.
(d) Its structure.

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

14. Why does Einstein think humans act and think?
(a) Because it is a compulsion built into them genetically.
(b) Because they are superior to animals.
(c) In order to evolve.
(d) To satisfy needs and avoid pain.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Einstein say is very detrimental to the respect for the government?

2. When are people happiest?

3. What does Einstein laud in "Congratulations to a Critic"?

4. Who does Einstein think is partly to blame for Europe's condition?

5. How does Einstein characterize people who read only newspapers and modern literature?

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