Tesla, Man Out of Time Test | Final Test - Hard

Margaret Cheney
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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 does Nikola Tesla ignore the NRC mission of finding a way to detect U-Boats?

2. After Mark Twain and J. Pierpont Morgan die, what happens to Nikola Tesla's behavior?

3. At how many revolutions per minute does the Tesla turbine run?

4. In what year is the Wardenclyffe tower blown up?

5. Why does Nikola Tesla wish to reject the Edison Medal of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 17, "The Great Radio Controversy," what court rules that Nikola Tesla is the inventor of radio, rather than William Marconi?

2. What role does the National Research Council have in preventing Nikola from getting his ideas listened to?

3. Describe Nikola's appearance and day-to-day circumstances as he enters his fifties as described in Chapter 18, "Midstream Perils".

4. What use does Nikola describe for radar in Chapter 21, "Radar"?

5. In Chapter 25, "The Birthday Parties," how does Kenneth Swezey make Nikola's seventy-fifth birthday memorable?

6. As described in Chapter 28, "Death and Transfiguration," why is Nikola Tesla caught in the middle of politics with regard to the role of Yugoslavia in World War II?

7. What does the fact that Nikola Tesla tries to send a letter to the long-dead Mark Twain signal about his impending death?

8. Why is Nikola Tesla constantly passed over for fame and fortune for his inventions, especially radio?

9. What mistake does Nikola make when proposing his process for degassifying copper to the American Smelting and Refining Company?

10. After 1915, why does Nikola work for two companies as described in Chapter 20, "Flying Stove"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 7, "Radio," Nikola Tesla encounters many obstacles that prevent him from focusing on his research with radio.

Part 1) Briefly describe his main distractions and identify which distractions present the greatest obstacles to his success.

Part 2) Why does the author state that it is impossible for Nikola to accept Sir William Crook's advice to focus on one single area of research?

Essay Topic 2

At dinner in the Palm Room of the Waldorf Astoria, Nikola Tesla requires eighteen napkins, polishes the crystal and silver setting, has his meal served by the maitre d'hotel, calculates the cubic contents of his meal, and then departs precisely at 10:00 p.m., all while the other diners maintain their distance and pretend not to stare at him.

Part 1) Discuss how Nikola's compulsive behaviors and expectations affect his ability to produce and bring to closure his experiments, his success over the years raising funds, and his social life.

Part 2) Which of these compulsive behaviors might have helped him, and which would hinder him?

Part 3) If Nikola were alive today, do you think he would he be more likely to better manage some of his compulsions? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Nikola has nothing but disdain for Orville Wright's aircraft technology. Therefore, he invents his own "flying stove" using early vertical takeoff technology that is not patented until 1928, and not utilized by two companies until after 1950. What reasons can you give for why Nikola is not able to prototype or commercialize this technology? Do you think at least some of his resistance to Wright's aircraft is due to personal or intellectual arrogance? Why or why not?

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