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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 type of engine does Nikola Tesla invent in Chapter 12, "Robots"?

2. What happens to horses when Nikola Tesla is running his Colorado Springs experiments?

3. How many volts are Nikola Tesla's coils producing when he asks Leonard Curtis to find him a new laboratory?

4. In what year does Nikola Tesla describe in detail the principles of radio broadcasting?

5. Whom does Nikola Tesla invite to a celebration at the Waldorf in 1898?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 12, "Robots," why does Nikola Tesla have challenges moving his inventions from his laboratory into working prototypes?

2. In Chapter 3, "Immigrants of Distinction," why is Nikola Tesla's invention of alternating current so important to the world?

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

4. 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?

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

6. What contributions does Nikola believe he has made to science as a result of his magnifying oscillator experiments in Colorado Springs?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It seems that no matter how Nikola approaches the "selling" of his ideas, he never achieves his stated or promised goals. Provide five reasons for this. Which is his biggest obstacle, and why?

Essay Topic 2

For a period in Nikola Tesla's life, he becomes quite secretive about more than surface details of his inventions. In his seventies, he announces earth-shattering inventions and makes numerous prophecies. To what do you attribute these changes? Why is Nikola suddenly willing to take risks again after so many years? How much of this change can be attributed to the interest shown to him by Kenneth Swezey?

Essay Topic 3

Nikola has nothing but disdain for Orville Wright's aircraft technology. Therefore, he invents his own "flying stove" using early vertical takeoff technology that is not patented until 1928, and not utilized by two companies until after 1950. What reasons can you give for why Nikola is not able to prototype or commercialize this technology? Do you think at least some of his resistance to Wright's aircraft is due to personal or intellectual arrogance? Why or why not?

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