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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 does Nikola Tesla sometimes feel because he has not married?

2. What does Nikola Tesla demonstrate with thousands of high-frequency volts running through his body?

3. From what financier does Nikola Tesla choose NOT to accept funds?

4. To what author is Nikola Tesla introduced while ill as a child?

5. How many volts are Nikola Tesla's coils producing when he asks Leonard Curtis to find him a new laboratory?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe three elements of the friendship between Nikola Tesla and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wood Johnson.

3. What are the six fundamental principles of modern radio, and where does Nikola Tesla demonstrate them in 1893?

4. What invention does Nikola claim to be useful to send signals to Mars, and why is this possible?

5. Why does Nikola Tesla become a regular patron at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City in Chapter 8, "High Society"?

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

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

8. In Chapter 6, "Order of the Flaming Sword," Nikola Tesla develops what he calls a carbon button lamp. For what later device does the lamp serve as a prototype?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At dinner in the Palm Room of the Waldorf Astoria, Nikola Tesla requires eighteen napkins, polishes the crystal and silver setting, has his meal served by the maitre d'hotel, calculates the cubic contents of his meal, and then departs precisely at 10:00 p.m., all while the other diners maintain their distance and pretend not to stare at him.

Part 1) Discuss how Nikola's compulsive behaviors and expectations affect his ability to produce and bring to closure his experiments, his success over the years raising funds, and his social life.

Part 2) Which of these compulsive behaviors might have helped him, and which would hinder him?

Part 3) If Nikola were alive today, do you think he would he be more likely to better manage some of his compulsions? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Nikola never profited much financially from any of his inventions, and many were never patented. In addition, many of his ideas were developed decades, or even centuries before science and technology were sufficiently developed to carry the work forward. Choose two of Nikola's inventions, and trace the youth and adult experiences in Nikola's life that contribute to this futuristic outlook. Provide examples in the book that seem to substantiate reasons for his unique ability to see far into the science and technology future.

Essay Topic 3

It seems that Nikola Tesla's decision not to enter into a marriage was part of a deliberate effort to maintain the focus on his career. Yet other successful "money men" and inventors of the times had wives and children. With your knowledge of Nikola, and given the times in which he lived, explain whether you think he would have been able to envision and create the devices and ideas that he did had he been married. Select one or two married "money men" described in the book, and discuss why they were able to be successful. Are the type of women they selected for mates similar to the type of women with whom Nikola affiliated as friends?

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