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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. To where does Nikola Tesla begin to write letters at age fifty?
2. In what year does Nikola Tesla turn 80?
3. Who uses Nikola Tesla's 1900 radio patent to signal the letter "S" across the Atlantic ocean?
4. Who arranges a party for Nikola Tesla's 75th birthday in 1931?
5. In what year do Nikola Tesla's friends Hobson and Johnson die?
Short Essay Questions
1. What role does the National Research Council have in preventing Nikola from getting his ideas listened to?
2. Describe why Nikola, now in his fifties, aggrandizes his theories and projects to others.
3. Why does Nikola try not to attend the Edison Medal ceremony to receive his award?
4. In Chapter 15, "Magnificent and Doomed," what trickery does Nikola Tesla use in pictures in a published article to give the impression that he is impervious to the lighting generated at his Colorado Springs laboratory?
5. In Chapter 16,"Ridiculed, Condemned, Combated," what project is responsible for Nikola Tesla getting little sleep?
6. In Chapter 19, "The Nobel Affair," for what two inventions does Nikola Tesla think he can collaborate with John Hays Hammond, Jr., and why?
7. What influence does Nikola have on some Canadians with respect to wireless electric power generation?
8. In Chapter 26, "Corks on Water," explain why J.P. Morgan will not invest in proposals Nikola Tesla makes after the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
9. Why is there conflicting information about Nikola Tesla's invention of a "Chinese Wall" in the U.S. of Teleforce?
10. Why is Nikola Tesla constantly passed over for fame and fortune for his inventions, especially radio?
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
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 3
While Nikola is assembling his ambitious Wardenclyffe facility to broadcast radio across the Atlantic ocean, Marconi signals the letter "S" across the Atlantic from Cornwall to Newfoundland without the benefit of a great physical plant such as Nikola is building. J.P. Morgan, his financier, takes note. Compare and contrast the overall method of Marconi and Nikola in achieving this goal. Provide your opinion about the ethics involved in Marconi's use of Nikola's original radio patent of 1900 in order to achieve this feat. Why does Nikola allow people to keep beating him at his own game?
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