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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. How should readers approach the person in question #32?
(a) The man's works should not be read by the average person.
(b) With skepticism.
(c) With an open mind.
(d) With the idea of refuting what he writes.

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

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

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

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

9. What could be organized to protect the world against nuclear power?
(a) A strong "supranational" organization,
(b) A defensive weapon that would render fusion or fission impossible.
(c) Nothing.
(d) Instilling an abhorrence of war in humankind.

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

11. Who does Einstein urge to appreciate the legacy of countless generations and work to understand all nations and ages?
(a) Unhappy youth.
(b) Those who would go to war.
(c) Elderly politicians.
(d) Happy youth.

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

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

14. What does Einstein claim uncontrolled technology has created?
(a) An abandonment of religious principles.
(b) Massive unemployment.
(c) Massive religious unrest.
(d) A reliance on machines that may prove society's downfall.

15. With the family eroding, society depends on the schools for what?
(a) Not to transfer a maximum quantity of knowledge to students, but to help them think and act independently.
(b) To supervise activities rather than learning.
(c) To instill purpose in the students.
(d) To teach morals.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In "Paradise Lost," what does Einstein particularly rue?

3. What has stood in the way of the development of technology in China and India?

4. What does Einstein believe about all profound scientists?

5. Why must disarmament and joint security occur all at once or not at all?

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