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. Where is the "A Reply to the Invitation to Participate in a Meeting against Anti-Semitism" being held?

2. How does Einstein characterize the newly-formed State of Israel?

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

4. At the time Einstein writes "Why Do They Hate the Jews?" how many Jews are there?

5. Of what is Einstein accused by several scientific communities?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Einstein say Judaism is not a religion?

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

3. Why does Einstein admire Kepler?

4. Why does he say the protest might be better without him?

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

6. Why did Einstein put mathematics above other sciences?

7. What is Einstein's opinion of what Zionism has done but what does he think is better?

8. What do the academies say about their loyalties and how do they feel about his resignation?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

In Einstein's essay, "Remarks on Bertrand Russell's Theory of Knowledge," Einstein discusses the question as to "What knowledge is pure thought able to supply independent of sense perceptions?" Discuss the following:

1. How does Einstein say that Russell's theory of knowledge answers the above question?

2. Does Einstein completely agree with Russell? Discuss fully.

3. Explain Russell's theory of knowledge and how it is applicable in today's culture.

Essay Topic 3

In "The Religious Spirit of Science" (1934), Einstein claims that all profound scientists are religious, but not religiously naïve. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think Einstein means by the above statement? Use any of the text throughout the book to explain.

2. Do you agree with the above statement? Explain fully your stance. Use any of the text throughout the book to explain.

3. Do you see any conflict between religion and science? Use any of the text throughout the book to support your statements as well as your personal experience.

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