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. Neither intelligence nor institutions can substitute for what?

2. When does Einstein get in touch with his Jewish heritage?

3. According to Einstein, what must Jews continue to do?

4. What happens if there are no general laws?

5. What does Einstein say is the greatest change in physics since Newton?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why did Einstein put mathematics above other sciences?

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

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

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

8. What does Einstein say Jews must do now?

9. What do the Academies demand that Einstein deplores?

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 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

Einstein has met and become friends and/or colleagues with a number of notable people, many of whom he discusses in this book. Discuss he following:

1. Choose three people whom Einstein mentions positively and give a brief idea of his opinions about those three people (or stereotypes).

2. Choose three people whom Einstein mentions negatively and give a brief idea of his opinions about those three people (or stereotypes).

3. Judging what Einstein says about different people in his text, how would you characterize him as a friend? As a colleague?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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