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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Who is is the "noblest man of our times" and a natural leader?
(a) Mahatma Ghandi.
(b) The Dutch physicist H. A. Lorentz.
(c) The engineer Joseph Popper-Lynkaeus.
(d) J. Menniger.

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

10. How does Einstein characterize the House Un-American Activities Committee?
(a) With the highest respect.
(b) As a group of men doing a necessary cleansing.
(c) As a modern inquisitional institution.
(d) As the lapdog of facism.

11. 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.

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

13. Where does Einstein present "Religion and Science"?
(a) At Stanford.
(b) At Harvard School Physics.
(c) At Princeton Theological Seminary.
(d) At MIT.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Einstein characterize pure scientific research?

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

3. When are people happiest?

4. Upon what do great men have little effect?

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

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