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 to Nikola Tesla's laboratory in 1895?

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

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

4. What accomplishment occurs at Niagara Falls in 1895?

5. In Chapter 10, "An Error of Judgment," to what does Nikola Tesla expose his head frequently?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 7, "Radio," why does Nikola Tesla feel the need to go home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Nikola Tesla become a regular patron at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City in Chapter 8, "High Society"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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