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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 impact does technological progress have on human relations?

2. Who does Einstein think is partly to blame for Europe's condition?

3. Upon what do great men have little effect?

4. Upon what are Einstein's inner and outer lives based?

5. How are Americans foolish?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Einstein feel about sharing his views?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Einstein discusses both the League of Nations and its successor, UNESCO. Discuss the following:

1. What are Einstein's views about the League of Nations and UNESCO? Which does he think is more effective?

2. What improvements do Einstein thinks a world governing council needs compared to the League of Nations and UNESCO?

3. Do you think the United Nations as it exists today would meet with Einstein's approval? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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