Ideas and Opinions Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. With what is Judaism concerned?

2. What correspondence does Einstein present in this part?

3. How does the inertia of a given body grow?

4. With what is this section primarily concerned?

5. What do friends and foes alike say the Jews represent?

Short Essay Questions

1. What can be visualized about a finite universe that could make it appear infinite and what does infinite space mean?

2. Why didn't Einstein join a French rally against German anti-Semitism?

3. What supports a finite universe and who doubts that?

4. What does Einstein say about the Jews who died in the Warsaw Ghetto battles?

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

6. What does the theory of relativity say is probable about two and three dimensional space?

7. What does Einstein say is the essential character of the Jews as a group and what is their contribution to the world?

8. Why does the theory of relativity show how modern theoretical science develops?

9. What does Einstein Jews have been in the past two thousand years and what did they lack? What are they trying to establish now?

10. Why did Einstein put mathematics above other sciences?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Einstein says that most theories in physics build a picture of complex phenomena out of materials in a relatively simple "formal scheme" using an "analytic" rather than "synthetic" method. Discuss the following:

1. Briefly explain what you think Einstein means by the above statement. Give examples from the text and/or your own knowledge.

2. What do you think is the difference between an analytic method versus a synthetic method. Give examples of each method.

3. How do you think the term "formal scheme" is used in this statement?

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 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

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