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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is pacifism that fails to fight against armaments?
(a) Impotent.
(b) Wise.
(c) Insane.
(d) Effective.

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

4. Though one man choosing to be a conscientious objector would accomplish little, what would accomplish much?
(a) All women asking their husbands, brothers and father to choose not to fight.
(b) Einstein is not sure.
(c) Fifty thousand conscientious objectors.
(d) All the world leaders being "conscientious objectors."

5. How does Einstein characterize pure scientific research?
(a) As tainted.
(b) As sacred.
(c) As a mixture of guesswork and labwork.
(d) As impossible.

6. What has science not done?
(a) Given humankind a sense of purpose.
(b) Freed people from religious heresy.
(c) Freed people from superstition.
(d) Given humankind the means to achieve an end to war.

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

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

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

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

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

12. Into how many parts is "Religion and Science" divided?
(a) 1.
(b) 4.
(c) 2.
(d) 3.

13. Though the scientific method can teach how facts relate and condition one another, what can it not do?
(a) Determine the existence of God.
(b) Deduce the goal of human aspirations.
(c) Teach compassion.
(d) Determine absolute truth.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Einstein, what provides no security to the world situation?

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

4. Upon what do great men have little effect?

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

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