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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What sort of life does Einstein believe is good for all human beings?
(a) Intensely focused.
(b) Full of change.
(c) Simple.
(d) Cluttered with stuff with which to amuse.

3. Security through superior military power is what?
(a) Useful to a certain point.
(b) Ultimately beneficial.
(c) An illusion.
(d) A wise attempt.

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

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

6. What is the one good thing about the fact that America has heaped so many accolades on Einstein?
(a) It is a sign that materialism has not completely taken over the minds of Americans.
(b) That it may help them forgive Germany's excesses.
(c) That it is a sign that America is open minded.
(d) That it is a sign that Americans value education.

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

8. 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) To work alone and not waste the time of geniuses.
(d) Not be isolationist.

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

10. What does Einstein say about the struggle for human rights?
(a) It is eternal.
(b) It is illusionary.
(c) Each person has to choose his own rights.
(d) It is visionary.

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

12. Of what does Einstein warn Fascist nations?
(a) Seeking to dominate weaker neighbors.
(b) Being to provencial.
(c) Seeking to overpopulate.
(d) Having too much pride in genetic heritage.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Einstein claim uncontrolled technology has created?

2. What puzzles Einstein about one aspect of the American economy?

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

4. What has too much influence on public thought?

5. When are people happiest?

(see the answer keys)

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