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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. By what ideals has Einstein lived?

2. With what does religion deal?

3. Of what does Einstein warn Fascist nations?

4. How are Americans foolish?

5. Who is is the "noblest man of our times" and a natural leader?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the main theme in Paradise Lost by Einstein?

3. How does Einstein feel about America in his first trip there?

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

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

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

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

8. What was the name of the two writings by Einstein that spoke of his trip to America?

9. What kind of thinker in humanities is Einstein and how does he act about his fame?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Einstein writes about military service. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly explain Einstein's opinion about military service, both volunteer and drafted.

2. Do you think Einstein's opinion about military service is realistic? Why or why not?

3. What is your opinion about required military service? Explain fully

Essay Topic 3

Another topic in which Einstein seems to feel quite strongly is that of disarmament. Discuss the following:

Discuss and analyze Einstein's opinions about disarmament.

Do you believe disarmament is more likely today or in the time in which Einstein writes this book? Explain fully.

What do you think about the idea of world-wide disarmament? Discuss fully.

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