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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is valued more in Europe than in the United States?
(a) Honor.
(b) Competition.
(c) Visual art and music.
(d) Tradition.

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

4. What is one attribute of American research that is giving them an increasing edge in the development of technology over other countries?
(a) Secrecy.
(b) Propriety.
(c) Selfishness.
(d) Cooperation.

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

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

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

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

9. What does Einstein admire about Mahatma Ghandi?
(a) His method of non-cooperation.
(b) The way he treated his wife.
(c) His vegetarian diet.
(d) His intellect.

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

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

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

13. What does Einstein condemn in "Production and Work"?
(a) The use of manual labor when machines are available.
(b) The overproduction of goods.
(c) The unlimited freedom of the labor market's extraordinary progress in methods of production.
(d) The use of machines that eliminates so many jobs.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Einstein think humans act and think?

2. What do the intellectual élite lack?

3. "On Academic Freedom" (1931) defends whom?

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

5. What has made international peace a matter of life and death and an ethical imperative for everyone?

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