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. Why does Einstein think the protest will do better without his participation?

2. Concepts acquire content only when connected with what?

3. Neither intelligence nor institutions can substitute for what?

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

5. What happens if there are no general laws?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why does Einstein admire Kepler?

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

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

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

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.

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

Another topic in which Einstein seems to feel quite strongly is that of disarmament. Discuss the following:

Discuss and analyze Einstein's opinions about disarmament.

Do you believe disarmament is more likely today or in the time in which Einstein writes this book? Explain fully.

What do you think about the idea of world-wide disarmament? Discuss fully.

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