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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. Why does Einstein say individuals should not be singled out and given all-encompassing admiration?

2. Once combat starts, what is meaningless?

3. What should history do?

4. By what ideals has Einstein lived?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Einstein say to the Progressive Education Association

4. What does Einstein say about scientist and religion?

5. In Message in the Time-Capsule what does Einstein say, tongue in cheek?

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

7. How does Einstein see Gandhi?

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

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

10. How does Einstein view the state's function and what does he define as a state slave?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Einstein says that Judaism should not be called a religion because it demands no "faith," just the sanctification of life. Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze the above statement and explain what you think Einstein means when he makes the above statement.

2. Do you think Zionist would agree with Einstein's statement about the sanctification of life? How about the life of non-Jews?

3. Discuss whether you think Einstein would agree with the path Zionism has taken since Einstein's death.

Essay Topic 2

Einstein writes his opinions on education in several essays. Discuss one of the following:

1. Discuss and analyze three major ideas Einstein has about education.

2. How are Einstein's ideas about education still used today? Or not? Discuss with examples.

3. Discuss what a school would be like that uses all of Einstein's ideas about education

Essay Topic 3

Though Einstein is most noted as a physicist, much of what he writes in this text would not seem out of place in a sociology journal. Discuss the following:

1. Do you believe that just because Einstein is a brilliant physicist, it means that brilliance should be valued in areas that are very different from physics and the hard sciences?

2. What do you think would be a synthesis of Einstein's world view of humanity?

3. Which do you value most in Einstein's contribution to humanity--his views on social culture or his contributions in the field of physics and hard science? Explain.

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