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 correspondence does Einstein present in this part?

2. With what is Judaism concerned?

3. What is the third requirement for living in a country?

4. How does Einstein characterize his treatment when he lived in Germany earlier?

5. What prevents Jews from giving blind obeisance to any moral authority?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Einstein admire Kepler?

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

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

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

5. What do the Academies demand that Einstein deplores?

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

7. Why did Einstein put mathematics above other sciences?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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