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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. Why is Nikola Tesla's vacuum tube unsuitable for laboratory research?
2. What does Nikola Tesla believe can be produced on Earth with an oscillator?
3. When the vibration of heavy current surges through the primary coil, what phenomenon is the result?
4. At what age does Nikola Tesla take passage on the ship Saturnia?
5. In Chapter 6, "Order of the Flaming Sword," how does Nikola Tesla share his inventions of electricity in a vacuum tube with other scientists?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. In Chapter 10, "An Error in Judgment," describe three reasons why Nikola is almost destitute financially.
3. Nikola's demonstration of the world's first radio-controlled boat doesn't make a big splash. Why is this?
4. In Chapter 5, "The War of the Currents Begins," why is Nikola Tesla depressed at age thirty?
5. Why does Nikola Tesla become a regular patron at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City in Chapter 8, "High Society"?
6. In Chapter 6, "Order of the Flaming Sword," what practical applications do Nikola Tesla's inventions have?
7. What are the six fundamental principles of modern radio, and where does Nikola Tesla demonstrate them in 1893?
8. Describe three elements of the friendship between Nikola Tesla and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wood Johnson.
9. 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?
10. In Chapter 3, "Immigrants of Distinction," describe the influence that Charles Bachelor has on Nikola Tesla.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
While Nikola is assembling his ambitious Wardenclyffe facility to broadcast radio across the Atlantic ocean, Marconi signals the letter "S" across the Atlantic from Cornwall to Newfoundland without the benefit of a great physical plant such as Nikola is building. J.P. Morgan, his financier, takes note. Compare and contrast the overall method of Marconi and Nikola in achieving this goal. Provide your opinion about the ethics involved in Marconi's use of Nikola's original radio patent of 1900 in order to achieve this feat. Why does Nikola allow people to keep beating him at his own game?
Essay Topic 2
In Chapter 7, "Radio," Nikola Tesla encounters many obstacles that prevent him from focusing on his research with radio.
Part 1) Briefly describe his main distractions and identify which distractions present the greatest obstacles to his success.
Part 2) Why does the author state that it is impossible for Nikola to accept Sir William Crook's advice to focus on one single area of research?
Essay Topic 3
Nikola's expresses two goals for his move to Colorado Springs -- to beat Marconi with a wireless system, and to transmit energy plentifully and cheaply around the Earth. There is no documented information to support research for either of these goals. Although Nikola is satisfied himself that he can make lightning dance and has received messages from outside the earth's atmosphere, he has failed in his attempt to reach both of his stated goals. Explain the reasons for the failure and his eventual departure from Colorado Springs. What, if anything has he learned that may help him do things differently back in New York?
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