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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. Who later demonstrates the correctness of Nikola Tesla's theory of cosmic rays as high-energy subatomic particles that could make other substances radioactive?

2. Who adores Nikola Tesla for his many charms?

3. In what 1896 publication is there speculation about Nikola Tesla's status with women?

4. Who contributed $30,000 toward the building of the new research station?

5. What is Nikola Tesla's first job accomplishment with Thomas Edison?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Nikola produces the first x-ray picture in America. Why does he not commercialize this discovery?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In his earlier years, Nikola subscribes to the theory that women have a certain place in the fabric of society, supportive of their men, and not holding leadership positions. Later, through his friendship with Katherine Johnson and women such as Ann Morgan, he changes his position. Describe how his position changes, how he makes this known publicly, and what influence you think Katherine and Ann individually or collectively have on this shift.

Essay Topic 2

It seems that Nikola Tesla's decision not to enter into a marriage was part of a deliberate effort to maintain the focus on his career. Yet other successful "money men" and inventors of the times had wives and children. With your knowledge of Nikola, and given the times in which he lived, explain whether you think he would have been able to envision and create the devices and ideas that he did had he been married. Select one or two married "money men" described in the book, and discuss why they were able to be successful. Are the type of women they selected for mates similar to the type of women with whom Nikola affiliated as friends?

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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