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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In what year does Nikola Tesla turn 80?
2. What professor finds Nikola Tesla's ideas "thermodynamically sound"?
3. To what periodical does Nikola Tesla write in defense of King Alexander?
4. Who uses Nikola Tesla's 1900 radio patent to signal the letter "S" across the Atlantic ocean?
5. What hotel is Nikola Tesla told to vacate in part because of his birds?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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