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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) The cohesion to attack contemporary problems.
(b) Compassion for those of lesser ilk.
(c) The foresight to make practical decisions.
(d) The ability to understand basic causes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What has too much influence on public thought?
(a) The press.
(b) The church.
(c) The educational system.
(d) The government.

9. 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.

10. What does Einstein believe will not move humanity forward?
(a) Wealth.
(b) Hate.
(c) Technology.
(d) Industry.

11. Upon what do great men have little effect?
(a) Religious persuasion.
(b) The life of the common person.
(c) Art.
(d) Political events.

12. What has stood in the way of the development of technology in China and India?
(a) Low technological ability.
(b) Religious intolerance.
(c) Dense population.
(d) Industrial people.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Einstein think is partly to blame for Europe's condition?

2. In what way does Einstein compare Europeans to Americans?

3. Unless all nations band together to face aggressors, what is inevitable?

4. When are people happiest?

5. Into how many parts is "Religion and Science" divided?

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