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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What could be organized to protect the world against nuclear power?

2. What is the is the hidden evil power behind nationalism everywhere?

3. In what year is "Religion and Science" written?

4. Though science can produce knowledge and means of action, what can it not do?

5. Of what does Einstein warn Fascist nations?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Einstein say scientists and engineers should do in relationship to war?

2. How does Einstein compare physicists to Alfred Nobel? What does he think they should do?

3. Give a brief statement of Einstein's definition of religion and science.

4. What does Einstein talk about in The World as I See It?

5. What is Einstein's view of the relationship between technology and employment?

6. In To the Schoolchildren of Japan what are Einstein's hopes for Japanese children and how does that bear out?

7. For what reason does Einstein want to mobilize religious organizations?

8. How does Einstein feel about sharing his views?

9. How does Einstein see as being the only way conscientious objection can work?

10. What was Einstein reflecting on in the Message in the Time-Capsule?

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