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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Einstein warn the Progressive Education Association?

2. What is the one good thing about the fact that America has heaped so many accolades on Einstein?

3. How does Einstein characterize the House Un-American Activities Committee?

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

5. What does Einstein value in the German system of government?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Einstein say to the Progressive Education Association

3. How does Einstein feel about the League of Nations and aggressors? What does he say about the fate of the world?

4. How does Einstein feel about education specialization and what does he think students should learn?

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

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

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

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

9. What does Einstein say about Marie Curie upon her death?

10. Why does Einstein laud engineer Joseph Popper-Lynkaeus?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Einstein says that technology has made international peace a matter of life and death and an ethical imperative for everyone. Discuss the following:

1. Why does Einstein make the above statement? Analyze what Einstein means using examples.

2. Do you think international peace was possible in the time Einstein writes this? What about now? Why or why not?

3. What technology was present in the time Einstein wrote this that could be a matter of life and death? What about now?

Essay Topic 2

Einstein has met and become friends and/or colleagues with a number of notable people, many of whom he discusses in this book. Discuss he following:

1. Choose three people whom Einstein mentions positively and give a brief idea of his opinions about those three people (or stereotypes).

2. Choose three people whom Einstein mentions negatively and give a brief idea of his opinions about those three people (or stereotypes).

3. Judging what Einstein says about different people in his text, how would you characterize him as a friend? As a colleague?

Essay Topic 3

In "The Religious Spirit of Science" (1934), Einstein claims that all profound scientists are religious, but not religiously naïve. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think Einstein means by the above statement? Use any of the text throughout the book to explain.

2. Do you agree with the above statement? Explain fully your stance. Use any of the text throughout the book to explain.

3. Do you see any conflict between religion and science? Use any of the text throughout the book to support your statements as well as your personal experience.

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