Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! 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. How much does the science teacher offer Feynman to give a lecture?

2. What does Feynman discover was the boards biggest concern with the textbooks?

3. In Feynman's opinion, the learning in Brazil relies too heavily on ______________.

4. What number in the Mayan document does Feynman come across again and again?

5. What language does the Chinese speaking Caucasian at the Caltech house party think Feynman was using?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Feynman decide to stay with Caltech during the bidding war between Caltech and Cornell?

2. How does Feynman help the cab driver figure out which university to take him to for the conference in North Carolina?

3. Why does Professor Bacher want to play a trick on Feynman using Mrs. Smith who speaks Chinese?

4. How does Feynman end up providing a drum soundtrack for ballet competitions?

5. What does Feynman discover about particle decay theory?

6. What is Feynman's experience like when he serves on a committee to choose math textbooks for California?

7. Why does a group of rabbinical students consult Feynman on scientific matters?

8. What convinces Feynman that Japanese culture is more civilized than American culture?

9. How does Feynman discover is the way that Nick the Greek makes his money?

10. Why is Feynman asked to give a lecture on Mayan math at UCLA?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Feynman's analogy of the cargo cult and what he was trying to illustrate to future scientists.

Essay Topic 2

What do you think was Feynman's purpose for writing this book and how would you characterize his ego?

Essay Topic 3

Explain what is meant by the last line in the book: "So I have just one wish for you--the good luck to be somewhere where you are free to maintain the kind of integrity I have described, and where you do not feel forced by a need to maintain your position in the organization, or financial support, or so on, to lose your integrity. May you have that freedom." What kind of integrity is Feynman referring to? How did he show this integrity throughout his life?

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