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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How are Americans foolish?
(a) To believe Hitler's promises.
(b) To participate in a war that is not of their making.
(c) To give false assurances to their allies.
(d) To be unconcerned with the rest of the world.

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

4. In what way does Einstein compare Europeans to Americans?
(a) He says Europeans are more pessimistic in general than Americans.
(b) Europeans are more gullible than Americans.
(c) Europeans are more generous than Americans.
(d) Europeans value family more than Americans.

5. What is the is the hidden evil power behind nationalism everywhere?
(a) The armament industry.
(b) A lack of clear thinking.
(c) False pride.
(d) Satan.

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

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

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

9. "On Academic Freedom" (1931) defends whom?
(a) Schoenberger.
(b) Kant.
(c) E. J. Gumbel.
(d) Hitler.

10. 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.

11. What does Einstein say about the League of Nations' Committee of Intellectual Cooperation?
(a) It may eventually prove to be valuable.
(b) Its members are facists at best.
(c) It is full of hot air.
(d) It at least embodies the principle that "something must be done."

12. According to Einstein, what provides no security to the world situation?
(a) Belief in God.
(b) Weapons.
(c) Prayer.
(d) The League of Nations and Court of Arbitration.

13. How does Einstein view Bertrand Russell?
(a) Admirably.
(b) With contempt.
(c) With much sceptism.
(d) With condescension.

14. What does Einstein value in the German system of government?
(a) Its help for people in need or illness.
(b) Its adherence to tradition.
(c) Its rigidity.
(d) Its structure.

15. What does Einstein laud in "Congratulations to a Critic"?
(a) The ability to think independently.
(b) The ability to understand without criticizing.
(c) The ability to receive criticism without sulking.
(d) The abillity to use criticism constructively.

Short Answer Questions

1. Once combat starts, what is meaningless?

2. What is pacifism that fails to fight against armaments?

3. What is one of Freud's accomplishments that Einstein praises?

4. How could unilateral disarmament be negotiated?

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

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