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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Einstein say is very detrimental to the respect for the government?
(a) Giving the vote to women.
(b) Engaging in unwinnable wars.
(c) Passing unenforceable laws.
(d) Restricting voting rights.

10. Who does Einstein think is partly to blame for Europe's condition?
(a) The agressiveness of its policies.
(b) The arrogance of its leaders.
(c) The indecisiveness of its leaders.
(d) The United States.

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

12. 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.

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

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

15. What does Einstein say prompts efficiency and the development of technology in the United States?
(a) The general lazy nature of Americans.
(b) The high cost of labor.
(c) The intellectual prowess of Americans.
(d) The value of the individual in the United States.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Einstein condemn in "Production and Work"?

2. What will happen if the US, England, Germany, and France threaten to boycott Japan for its aggression in China?

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

4. What sort of life does Einstein believe is good for all human beings?

5. "On Academic Freedom" (1931) defends whom?

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