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. What is the main theme of "To the Heroes of the Battle of the Warsaw Ghetto"?

2. What correspondence does Einstein present in this part?

3. What does truth applied to science or religion convey?

4. What is the goal of the Jewish people in Palestine?

5. What does Inertia cause?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Einstein see the change in Jews towards Palestine?

9. What does Einstein say a theorist must do?

10. Einstein says Kepler and Galileo "ripened" mankind for science. How did they do that?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

1. What are some positive aspects of science and technology?

2. What are some dangers created by science and technology?

3. Do you think science and technology mean the same thing today as it did at the time Einstein writes this book?

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