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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who does Einstein praise for her moral qualities and hardships above her intellectual accomplishments?
(a) Mother Theresa.
(b) Marie Curie.
(c) Golda Meir.
(d) Samantha Carter.

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

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

5. What does Einstein laud in "Congratulations to a Critic"?
(a) The abillity to use criticism constructively.
(b) The ability to receive criticism without sulking.
(c) The ability to think independently.
(d) The ability to understand without criticizing.

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

7. What does Einstein admire about Mahatma Ghandi?
(a) His vegetarian diet.
(b) His method of non-cooperation.
(c) The way he treated his wife.
(d) His intellect.

8. Into how many parts is "Religion and Science" divided?
(a) 3.
(b) 4.
(c) 1.
(d) 2.

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

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

11. In what way does Einstein compare Europeans to Americans?
(a) Europeans are more generous than Americans.
(b) Europeans value family more than Americans.
(c) He says Europeans are more pessimistic in general than Americans.
(d) Europeans are more gullible than Americans.

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

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

14. How does Einstein characterize the women of America?
(a) As intellectually inferior.
(b) As rejecting advances.
(c) As a millstone around the necks of their husbands.
(d) As cyphers.

15. How could unilateral disarmament be negotiated?
(a) Through arbitration.
(b) Through laws in a world court.
(c) Einstein is not certain about that point.
(d) Through enforcement of the League of Nations.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Einstein value in the German system of government?

2. Though one man choosing to be a conscientious objector would accomplish little, what would accomplish much?

3. "On Academic Freedom" (1931) defends whom?

4. What does Einstein believe will not move humanity forward?

5. What does Einstein claim uncontrolled technology has created?

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