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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. With what does religion deal?
(a) Everything not predetermined by heredity, sets ideals, and educates.
(b) The morality of science.
(c) The truthof scientific theories.
(d) The need for progress.

2. What could be organized to protect the world against nuclear power?
(a) Nothing.
(b) Instilling an abhorrence of war in humankind.
(c) A strong "supranational" organization,
(d) A defensive weapon that would render fusion or fission impossible.

3. With the family eroding, society depends on the schools for what?
(a) To teach morals.
(b) To instill purpose in the students.
(c) Not to transfer a maximum quantity of knowledge to students, but to help them think and act independently.
(d) To supervise activities rather than learning.

4. What happens when religious people insist the Bible is absolutely truth or when scientists render value judgments?
(a) The thesis of each side offers a synthesis.
(b) A new field of science is born.
(c) Conflicts arise.
(d) A consensus is reached.

5. What should history do?
(a) Be forgotten.
(b) Teach the future.
(c) Influence the future.
(d) Interpret the progress in civilization rather than calculating power and success.

6. What has too much influence on public thought?
(a) The educational system.
(b) The press.
(c) The church.
(d) The government.

7. Though one man choosing to be a conscientious objector would accomplish little, what would accomplish much?
(a) All women asking their husbands, brothers and father to choose not to fight.
(b) Fifty thousand conscientious objectors.
(c) All the world leaders being "conscientious objectors."
(d) Einstein is not sure.

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

9. What does Einstein need a great deal of?
(a) Social interaction.
(b) Solitude.
(c) Comfort.
(d) Possessions.

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

11. Upon what do great men have little effect?
(a) Political events.
(b) The life of the common person.
(c) Art.
(d) Religious persuasion.

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

13. Why does Einstein think people should labor as little as possible to maintain life and health?
(a) In order to concentrate on their intellectual and artistic powers.
(b) Because human relationships need as much time as possible.
(c) Because that labor has no last value.
(d) In order to partake in spiritual pursuits.

14. What is the is the hidden evil power behind nationalism everywhere?
(a) The armament industry.
(b) A lack of clear thinking.
(c) False pride.
(d) Satan.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Einstein say individuals should not be singled out and given all-encompassing admiration?

2. According to Einstein, what provides no security to the world situation?

3. What does Einstein claim uncontrolled technology has created?

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

5. In what way does Einstein compare Europeans to Americans?

(see the answer keys)

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