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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. For whom does Nikola Tesla say he will build a villa in New York City?
2. What is the Tesla coil?
3. Where does Charles Batchelor encourage Nikola Tesla to go?
4. In what year does Nikola Tesla go to work for Thomas Edison's subsidiary in Paris?
5. What does Nikola Tesla believe is the greatest benefit of robots?
Short Essay Questions
1. Nikola produces the first x-ray picture in America. Why does he not commercialize this discovery?
2. In Chapter 3, "Immigrants of Distinction," why is Nikola Tesla's invention of alternating current so important to the world?
3. From the book's Introduction, why does Nikola Tesla maintain an intensely private life?
4. In Chapter 3, "Immigrants of Distinction," describe the influence that Charles Bachelor has on Nikola Tesla.
5. In Chapter 14, "Blackout at Colorado Springs," what factors contribute to the failure of Nikola Tesla's Colorado Springs laboratory?
6. In Chapter 7, "Radio," why does Nikola Tesla feel the need to go home?
7. In Chapter 4, "At the Court of Mr. Edison," why is the early relationship between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison strained?
8. In the "Acknowledgements" section, describe the reasons Leland Anderson is interested in Nikola Tesla.
9. What invention does Nikola claim to be useful to send signals to Mars, and why is this possible?
10. What are the six fundamental principles of modern radio, and where does Nikola Tesla demonstrate them in 1893?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Both Nikola Tesla and Robert Golka carry out their work as "loners", not affiliating with other companies or research colleagues. What challenges do they share because of this way to work? Why do they both eschew control from an outside organization? Was it possible to be successful in the research world without these connections in the times in which Nikola lived? How about today?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
During his life, Nikola makes many claims regarding the invention of devices designed to protect America during wartime. After his death in 1943, several people attempt to find his research papers, fearing that they may have fallen into the hands of other countries. Based on what you learned about Nikola Tesla in this book, do you think he actually completed any of these projects? Do you believe that he may have provided this information to any other countries, especially given the reluctance of the U.S. government to further them? State and justify your position with examples from the book.
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