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 happens when Nikola Tesla visits an official in Washington to offer a robotic invention to the government?

2. How does Nikola Tesla sometimes feel because he has not married?

3. What does Nikola Tesla send through neighboring buildings?

4. Why are balloons ordered?

5. What major German invention in 1896 is most likely predated by Nikola Tesla's version?

Short Essay Questions

1. Nikola's demonstration of the world's first radio-controlled boat doesn't make a big splash. Why is this?

2. In the "Acknowledgements" section, describe the reasons Leland Anderson is interested in Nikola Tesla.

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

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

5. In Chapter 5, "The War of the Currents Begins," describe several events that demonstrate that Nikola Tesla's notoriety is growing.

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

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

8. In Chapter 1, "Modern Prometheus," what is the result of Nikola Tesla's fireball demonstration for Mark Twain and several other contemporaries?

9. How does Nikola out in Colorado keep Scherff motivated while working at the laboratory back in New York?

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

Essay Topics

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

Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison are two men with a shared interest in science, yet cannot be more different in their outlook on life and approaches to their work.

Part 1) How does Nikola Tesla's and Thomas Edison's first meeting in 1884 set the stage for the personality conflicts that follow?

Part 2) Why does Thomas Edison proceed to put Nikola Tesla to work despite his disdain for alternating current?

Essay Topic 3

Nikola Tesla's cool fireball and one thousand volt electrocution demonstrations fascinates Mark Twain, Joseph Jefferson, and Chauncey McGovern. At the end of the demonstrations, Nikola Tesla explains why he can stand briefly on the platform with high voltage yet not get electrocuted. Choose one of the following options to write about.

1) Describe the professions of Nikola Tesla's three guests and why you think Nikola Tesla gives these particular demonstrations.

2) Why does Nikola Tesla explain the rationale for the high voltage platform demonstration?

3) What impression does Nikola Tesla leave with his guests when he does not make a distinction between a human and animal reaction?

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