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

2. What does Nikola Tesla send through neighboring buildings?

3. What is Nikola Tesla doing in Europe when he conceives the idea that man could produce electric storms?

4. With what device does Nikola Tesla achieve tensions of about one million volts?

5. What reward does Thomas Edison offer Nikola Tesla for completing the work with the dynamo?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Chapter 14, "Blackout at Colorado Springs," what factors contribute to the failure of Nikola Tesla's Colorado Springs laboratory?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Over a period of several decades, Nikola Tesla has a platonic relationship with Katherine Johnson. Describe the reasons you think Nikola and Katherine have for valuing this relationship. What does Katherine provide Nikola? And in turn, what does Nikola bring Katherine? What reasons is this friendship able to survive for so many years, especially since Katherine is married to Nikola Tesla's friend Robert Underwood Johnson?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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