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 starting point for the concept of space?

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

3. What does the the "Riemannian curvature" do?

4. What is Einstein explaining in "A Reply to the Invitation to Participate in a Meeting against Anti-Semitism" ?

5. What correspondence does Einstein present in this part?

Short Essay Questions

1. What caused an exchange of correspondence between Einstein and the Prussian and Bavarian academies of science in 1933?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does he say about what he has always fought for?

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

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

10. What do the Academies demand that Einstein deplores?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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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