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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 is Nikola Tesla doing in Europe when he conceives the idea that man could produce electric storms?

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

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

4. What does Nikola Tesla believe is the greatest benefit of robots?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Both Nikola Tesla and Robert Golka carry out their work as "loners", not affiliating with other companies or research colleagues. What challenges do they share because of this way to work? Why do they both eschew control from an outside organization? Was it possible to be successful in the research world without these connections in the times in which Nikola lived? How about today?

Essay Topic 2

Over a period of several decades, Nikola Tesla has a platonic relationship with Katherine Johnson. Describe the reasons you think Nikola and Katherine have for valuing this relationship. What does Katherine provide Nikola? And in turn, what does Nikola bring Katherine? What reasons is this friendship able to survive for so many years, especially since Katherine is married to Nikola Tesla's friend Robert Underwood Johnson?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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