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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What will happen if the US, England, Germany, and France threaten to boycott Japan for its aggression in China?
(a) Japan will yield.
(b) Japan will attack those countries.
(c) Japan will negotiate.
(d) China will attack Europe.

3. Once combat starts, what is meaningless?
(a) Finger pointing.
(b) Protection for civilians.
(c) A peaceful resolution.
(d) Armaments and rules for the conduct of war.

4. Whose work shatters the framework of classical mechanics and provides the basis for further research in physics?
(a) Max Planck.
(b) Paul Dirac.
(c) Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen.
(d) Frederick Grover.

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

6. Though the scientific method can teach how facts relate and condition one another, what can it not do?
(a) Determine the existence of God.
(b) Teach compassion.
(c) Deduce the goal of human aspirations.
(d) Determine absolute truth.

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

8. Why must disarmament and joint security occur all at once or not at all?
(a) Because peace is unenforcable if some countries are still armed.
(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 as long as war is possible, everyone wants to be in a position to win.

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

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

11. How does Einstein characterize people who read only newspapers and modern literature?
(a) Myopic and snobbish.
(b) Wise.
(c) Mentally frail.
(d) Undereducated.

12. By what ideals has Einstein lived?
(a) Kindness, beauty and truth.
(b) Happiness, honor and comfort.
(c) Truth, industry and happiness.
(d) Beauty, happiness and curiousity.

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

14. What has made international peace a matter of life and death and an ethical imperative for everyone?
(a) Religious imperatives.
(b) The global market.
(c) Waning resources.
(d) Technology.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Einstein say are now the ones who advocate international thought?

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

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

4. What does Einstein believe about all profound scientists?

5. Who does Einstein praise for her moral qualities and hardships above her intellectual accomplishments?

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