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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What do scientists and engineers worldwide do for Nikola Tesla's 75th birthday?
2. What is George Sylvester Viereck's vocation?
3. Where does Nikola Tesla spend time feeding pigeons?
4. Besides being an inventor, for what other role is Nikola Tesla known?
5. In what year does the Great Depression begin?
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 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's expresses two goals for his move to Colorado Springs -- to beat Marconi with a wireless system, and to transmit energy plentifully and cheaply around the Earth. There is no documented information to support research for either of these goals. Although Nikola is satisfied himself that he can make lightning dance and has received messages from outside the earth's atmosphere, he has failed in his attempt to reach both of his stated goals. Explain the reasons for the failure and his eventual departure from Colorado Springs. What, if anything has he learned that may help him do things differently back in New York?
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