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 Einstein's response to the demands of the academies?

2. What do the academies not regret?

3. What is the "ether" idea invented by earlier scientists?

4. According to Einstein, what must Jews strive to be?

5. What does quantum theory offer in the way of spatial relationships?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are volunteers doing in Israel during Einstein's time?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why did Einstein put mathematics above other sciences?

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

9. Why does Einstein admire Kepler?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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 says that the aim of the Jewish nation is to restore Jewish tradition and to live side-by-side with the Arabs. Discuss one of the following:

1. How well do you think the new Jewish nation achieves the aim to restore Jewish tradition?

2. How well do you think the new Jewish nation lives (peaceably) side by side with the Arabs?

3. Discuss the present day success of the goal stated above.

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