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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why must disarmament and joint security occur all at once or not at all?
(a) Because those countries still armed will not do what they say once others disarm.
(b) Because as long as war is possible, everyone wants to be in a position to win.
(c) Because peace is unenforcable if some countries are still armed.
(d) Because someone will inevitably double cross the others.

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

3. 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 is a sign that Americans value education.
(c) That it is a sign that America is open minded.
(d) That it may help them forgive Germany's excesses.

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

5. Why are Americans so far removed from the Asians and Russians?
(a) Americans are intellectually far superior.
(b) Americans are intellectually far inferior.
(c) Americans have no sense of traditions.
(d) Americans live more for the future than the present.

6. When are people happiest?
(a) When launching an enterprise promoting life and culture.
(b) When in an accepting community.
(c) When pursuing what interests them.
(d) When making a contribution to self enlightenment.

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

8. 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 give them too high an opinion of themselves.
(c) It will discourage others to excel.
(d) It will discourage true thought.

9. What impact does technological progress have on human relations?
(a) It promotes human relations.
(b) It retards human relations.
(c) It freezes human relations.
(d) It accelerates human relations.

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

11. "On Academic Freedom" (1931) defends whom?
(a) Kant.
(b) E. J. Gumbel.
(c) Hitler.
(d) Schoenberger.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Once combat starts, what is meaningless?

2. Why does Einstein think humans act and think?

3. What will force even the most reactionary scientists to cooperate?

4. In what year is "Religion and Science: Irreconcilable?" written?

5. What is pacifism that fails to fight against armaments?

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