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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. Whom does Nikola Tesla invite to his laboratory at midnight to view his experiments?
2. Why does Nikola Tesla choose room 207 at the Alta Vista Hotel?
3. What does Nikola Tesla invent that is used in Rahway, New Jersey?
4. In what year is Nikola Tesla born?
5. By 1981, how many patents does Nikola Tesla get for AC electric systems?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Nikola out in Colorado keep Scherff motivated while working at the laboratory back in New York?
2. In Chapter 5, "The War of the Currents Begins," why is Nikola Tesla depressed at age thirty?
3. In Chapter 1, "Modern Prometheus," what is the result of Nikola Tesla's fireball demonstration for Mark Twain and several other contemporaries?
4. In Chapter 12, "Robots," why does Nikola Tesla have challenges moving his inventions from his laboratory into working prototypes?
5. In Chapter 2, "A Gambling Man," why does Nikola Tesla feel disappointed for his mother?
6. Why does Nikola Tesla become a regular patron at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City in Chapter 8, "High Society"?
7. Describe three elements of the friendship between Nikola Tesla and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wood Johnson.
8. In Chapter 6, "Order of the Flaming Sword," what practical applications do Nikola Tesla's inventions have?
9. In Chapter 3, "Immigrants of Distinction," describe the influence that Charles Bachelor has on Nikola Tesla.
10. In Chapter 11, "To Mars," what patents does Nikola file in November, 1897, and what application do they potentially support?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Nikola never profited much financially from any of his inventions, and many were never patented. In addition, many of his ideas were developed decades, or even centuries before science and technology were sufficiently developed to carry the work forward. Choose two of Nikola's inventions, and trace the youth and adult experiences in Nikola's life that contribute to this futuristic outlook. Provide examples in the book that seem to substantiate reasons for his unique ability to see far into the science and technology future.
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
During his life, Nikola makes many claims regarding the invention of devices designed to protect America during wartime. After his death in 1943, several people attempt to find his research papers, fearing that they may have fallen into the hands of other countries. Based on what you learned about Nikola Tesla in this book, do you think he actually completed any of these projects? Do you believe that he may have provided this information to any other countries, especially given the reluctance of the U.S. government to further them? State and justify your position with examples from the book.
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