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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. In what way does Einstein compare Europeans to Americans?

2. What will happen if the US, England, Germany, and France threaten to boycott Japan for its aggression in China?

3. In what field do Americans fall behind their European counterparts?

4. For what do human beings have a thirst?

5. How does the individual develop and gain significance?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What's the main idea behind "Freedom?"

4. What does Einstein say he will only live under?

5. How does Einstein see Gandhi?

6. What does Einstein say Judaism is concerned with and how can it be better?

7. How does Einstein see the change in Jews towards Palestine?

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

9. What does he say about what he has always fought for?

10. What does Einstein say about scientist and religion?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Einstein attempts to explain the basis of anti-Semitism. Discuss one of the following:

1. Why does Einstein think many hate Jews? Do you agree with his assessment? Why or why not?

2. Do you think hatred and genocide of any group of people is ever justified? Explain. Do you think anti-Semitism still exists in the United States? Explain.

3. Do you think the Jewish people have any responsibility for the Arab attitude towards them in the 21st century? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Einstein gives the reader an overview of his philosophy of life in the essay, "The World as I See It." Discuss one of the following:

1. Discuss Einstein's opinions of three topics. Do you agree or disagree with him? Why?

2. Compare and contrast Einstein's opinions from this essay with what you might imagine he would think today in the 21st century. How do you think his opinions would change? Would remain the same? Explain fully.

3. Discuss how you think Einstein's view on several topics from this essay informs his life as a scientist.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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