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. When the vibration of heavy current surges through the primary coil, what phenomenon is the result?

2. In what year does Ernest Orlando Lawrence win a Nobel prize for the cyclotron, a precursor of which Nikola Tesla exhibited?

3. Whom does Nikola Tesla invite to his laboratory at midnight to view his experiments?

4. By 1981, how many patents does Nikola Tesla get for AC electric systems?

5. At what game does Nikola Tesla become skilled?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. In Chapter 4, "At the Court of Mr. Edison," describe the personality differences between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla.

8. In Chapter 13, "Hurler of Lightning," what are some of the effects of Nikola Tesla's experiments with the magnifying oscillator in Colorado Springs?

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

10. What potential modern applications does author Margaret Cheney describe for Nikola Tesla's invention of a peculiar and sensitive vacuum tube?

Essay Topics

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'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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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