Tesla, Man Out of Time Test | Mid-Book 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 reward does Thomas Edison offer Nikola Tesla for completing the work with the dynamo?

2. With what planet does Nikola Tesla say communication can be made?

3. In Chapter 10, "An Error of Judgment," to what does Nikola Tesla expose his head frequently?

4. In what year does Nikola Tesla describe in detail the principles of radio broadcasting?

5. Where is Nikola Tesla when he watches his Colorado Springs experiment?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 2, "A Gambling Man," why does Nikola Tesla feel disappointed for his mother?

2. In Chapter 5, "The War of the Currents Begins," why is Nikola Tesla depressed at age thirty?

3. In Chapter 12, "Robots," why does Nikola Tesla have challenges moving his inventions from his laboratory into working prototypes?

4. From the book's Introduction, why does Nikola Tesla maintain an intensely private life?

5. In Chapter 9, "High Road, Low Road," Nikola Tesla focuses on the use of alternating current for electricity generation, while his competitor Thomas Edison refuses to endorse anything but direct current. How is the electricity generation business divided in the mid-1890s in Buffalo?

6. In Chapter 3, "Immigrants of Distinction," describe the influence that Charles Bachelor has on Nikola Tesla.

7. In Chapter 11, "To Mars," what patents does Nikola file in November, 1897, and what application do they potentially support?

8. In Chapter 6, "Order of the Flaming Sword," what practical applications do Nikola Tesla's inventions have?

9. In Chapter 4, "At the Court of Mr. Edison," why is the early relationship between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison strained?

10. In Chapter 7, "Radio," why does Nikola Tesla feel the need to go home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nikola Tesla has learned to hobnob with high society as a way to gain access to potential investors. He is clearly eccentric and not affluent, yet he is accepted as a member of the New York "400." What reasons can you give for this? Describe your reasons why the Robert Underwood Johnson family considers him worthy of inclusion at their Lexington Avenue parties. Why are the conventions Nikola learns from socializing with the Johnsons important to his ongoing society efforts?

Essay Topic 2

In his earlier years, Nikola subscribes to the theory that women have a certain place in the fabric of society, supportive of their men, and not holding leadership positions. Later, through his friendship with Katherine Johnson and women such as Ann Morgan, he changes his position. Describe how his position changes, how he makes this known publicly, and what influence you think Katherine and Ann individually or collectively have on this shift.

Essay Topic 3

Nikola has nothing but disdain for Orville Wright's aircraft technology. Therefore, he invents his own "flying stove" using early vertical takeoff technology that is not patented until 1928, and not utilized by two companies until after 1950. What reasons can you give for why Nikola is not able to prototype or commercialize this technology? Do you think at least some of his resistance to Wright's aircraft is due to personal or intellectual arrogance? Why or why not?

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