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. What would Feynman's landlady in Ithaca come to his apartment to listen to?

2. What university offers Feynman a staggering salary?

3. Feynman says the conference he attends in New York to give a younger perspective on some position papers was worse than a _____________.

4. What university is Baba Ram Das from?

5. Why is Feynman invited to Washington, DC by the Secretary of the Army?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Feynman mean by "cargo cults"?

2. Why is the experience of winning the Nobel Prize stressful to Feynman?

3. Why does Feynman decide to learn about Mayan mathematics?

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

5. Who introduces Feynman to the sense deprivation tank?

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

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

8. Why does Feynman take art lessons from Jiyrayr Zorthian?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bob Wilson, Feynman's colleague from Princeton who convinced him to join the Manhattan project, is beginning to understand the level of human suffering that will come from the thing they have created. Why is he overtaken with guilt and fear? How and when does Feynman express some of the same feelings?

Essay Topic 2

Why is the teenage Feynman frustrated by the lack of innovation (or interest in innovation) he finds in others?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the many things in Feynman's private life that you wouldn't necessarily associate with a professor in physics and a Nobel laureate, and why.

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