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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. Why is Nikola Tesla's vacuum tube unsuitable for laboratory research?
2. In Chapter 13, what is the invention that most fascinates Nikola Tesla followers?
3. Who contributed $30,000 toward the building of the new research station?
4. In what field does Nikola Tesla pioneer inventions while the Nobel Prize goes to three others?
5. What type of motor does Nikola Tesla conceive of while walking in the park?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 16,"Ridiculed, Condemned, Combated," what project is responsible for Nikola Tesla getting little sleep?
2. Nikola's demonstration of the world's first radio-controlled boat doesn't make a big splash. Why is this?
3. 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?
4. Why does Nikola try not to attend the Edison Medal ceremony to receive his award?
5. In Chapter 2, "A Gambling Man," why does Nikola Tesla feel disappointed for his mother?
6. In Chapter 11, "To Mars," what patents does Nikola file in November, 1897, and what application do they potentially support?
7. Why does Nikola Tesla become a regular patron at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City in Chapter 8, "High Society"?
8. What happens when the New York Times publishes a story indicating that Tesla and Edison will receive a Nobel Prize in physics?
9. What mistake does Nikola make when proposing his process for degassifying copper to the American Smelting and Refining Company?
10. In Chapter 5, "The War of the Currents Begins," describe several events that demonstrate that Nikola Tesla's notoriety is growing.
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
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.
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