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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How does Einstein characterize the House Un-American Activities Committee?
(a) As a modern inquisitional institution.
(b) As a group of men doing a necessary cleansing.
(c) With the highest respect.
(d) As the lapdog of facism.

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

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

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

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

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

9. In what field do Americans fall behind their European counterparts?
(a) Charity.
(b) Armament.
(c) International politics.
(d) Research and development.

10. Where does Einstein present "Religion and Science"?
(a) At Princeton Theological Seminary.
(b) At Stanford.
(c) At MIT.
(d) At Harvard School Physics.

11. What makes life easier but also brings economic dangers that planning must address?
(a) Labor laws.
(b) Mass production.
(c) Labor unions.
(d) Science and technology.

12. For what do human beings have a thirst?
(a) Assured knowledge.
(b) Absolute conviction.
(c) Happiness.
(d) Deliberate action.

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

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Upon what are Einstein's inner and outer lives based?

2. What is the is the hidden evil power behind nationalism everywhere?

3. Why are Americans so far removed from the Asians and Russians?

4. How does Einstein characterize pure scientific research?

5. Whose saying has greatly influenced Einstein since he was quite young?

(see the answer keys)

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