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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How does Einstein characterize people who read only newspapers and modern literature?
(a) Wise.
(b) Myopic and snobbish.
(c) Undereducated.
(d) Mentally frail.

4. Once combat starts, what is meaningless?
(a) Protection for civilians.
(b) Armaments and rules for the conduct of war.
(c) Finger pointing.
(d) A peaceful resolution.

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

6. What does Einstein need a great deal of?
(a) Solitude.
(b) Comfort.
(c) Possessions.
(d) Social interaction.

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

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

9. What has made international peace a matter of life and death and an ethical imperative for everyone?
(a) The global market.
(b) Religious imperatives.
(c) Technology.
(d) Waning resources.

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

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

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

13. Upon what are Einstein's inner and outer lives based?
(a) The efforts towards understanding.
(b) The efforts of other men.
(c) The tenets of Christianity.
(d) The contemplation of infinity.

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

15. What sort of life does Einstein believe is good for all human beings?
(a) Full of change.
(b) Simple.
(c) Cluttered with stuff with which to amuse.
(d) Intensely focused.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Einstein say are now the ones who advocate international thought?

2. Why does Einstein think humans act and think?

3. How does a country enslave its citizens?

4. What makes life easier but also brings economic dangers that planning must address?

5. What does Einstein say prompts efficiency and the development of technology in the United States?

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