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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What should history do?
(a) Influence the future.
(b) Teach the future.
(c) Be forgotten.
(d) Interpret the progress in civilization rather than calculating power and success.

2. Who has created the League of Nations?
(a) Communits.
(b) The common people.
(c) Intellectuals.
(d) Politicians.

3. How does the individual develop and gain significance?
(a) By clear thinking.
(b) By having good genes.
(c) By diligent striving.
(d) Through participation in the human community.

4. Who does Einstein think is the man least likely to be duped by desires?
(a) Hitler.
(b) Churchill.
(c) The Pope.
(d) Freud.

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

6. How does a country enslave its citizens?
(a) Through forced military service.
(b) Through the rationing of basic necessities.
(c) Through economic deprivation.
(d) Through engendering mistrust amongst their citizens.

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

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

9. What does Einstein seem to hate above all else?
(a) Laziness.
(b) Famine.
(c) Intellectual vapidity.
(d) War.

10. What puzzles Einstein about one aspect of the American economy?
(a) That the cost of labor is so high in comparison to goods produced.
(b) The high tariffs on foreign goods.
(c) The lack of a savings plan.
(d) The fact that paper money is not backed by gold and silver.

11. Unless all nations band together to face aggressors, what is inevitable?
(a) Capitulation of pacific nations.
(b) Triumph of evil.
(c) Universal anarchy and terror.
(d) Universal domination and subjugation.

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

13. How does Einstein characterize pure scientific research?
(a) As a mixture of guesswork and labwork.
(b) As tainted.
(c) As sacred.
(d) As impossible.

14. What does Einstein condemn in "Production and Work"?
(a) The overproduction of goods.
(b) The unlimited freedom of the labor market's extraordinary progress in methods of production.
(c) The use of machines that eliminates so many jobs.
(d) The use of manual labor when machines are available.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What could be organized to protect the world against nuclear power?

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

3. What does Einstein claim uncontrolled technology has created?

4. By what ideals has Einstein lived?

5. Upon what do great men have little effect?

(see the answer keys)

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