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. To where does Nikola Tesla begin to write letters at age fifty?

2. What magazine carries two of Nikola Tesla's designs: extracting electricity from seawater and plans for a geothermal steam plant?

3. About what do Nikola Tesla and John Hays Hammond Jr. correspond?

4. How much does Nikola Tesla's 1906 invention weigh?

5. Who broadcasts voice and music programs in 1906 and 1907 based on Nikola Tesla's radio design and principles?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 24, "Transitions," why does Nikola Tesla bemoan the "problem" of women in an interview in the Detroit Free Press?

2. Why does Nikola care for pigeons in Chapter 23, "Pigeons"?

3. Whom does Nikola approach for funding for his system to broadcast all wavelength channels from a single station, and why is this person his choice?

4. Describe why Nikola, now in his fifties, aggrandizes his theories and projects to others.

5. 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?

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

7. What is different about Nikola's flivver airplane, or flying stove, and other existing aircraft?

8. In Chapter 22, "The Guest of Honor," what are B.A. Behrend's motives in persuading the AIEE to award the Edison Medal to Nikola Tesla?

9. What happens when the New York Times publishes a story indicating that Tesla and Edison will receive a Nobel Prize in physics?

10. What closure does Nikola get as he learns about medical uses for his oscillator inventions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nikola Tesla has learned to hobnob with high society as a way to gain access to potential investors. He is clearly eccentric and not affluent, yet he is accepted as a member of the New York "400." What reasons can you give for this? Describe your reasons why the Robert Underwood Johnson family considers him worthy of inclusion at their Lexington Avenue parties. Why are the conventions Nikola learns from socializing with the Johnsons important to his ongoing society efforts?

Essay Topic 2

Nikola Tesla's cool fireball and one thousand volt electrocution demonstrations fascinates Mark Twain, Joseph Jefferson, and Chauncey McGovern. At the end of the demonstrations, Nikola Tesla explains why he can stand briefly on the platform with high voltage yet not get electrocuted. Choose one of the following options to write about.

1) Describe the professions of Nikola Tesla's three guests and why you think Nikola Tesla gives these particular demonstrations.

2) Why does Nikola Tesla explain the rationale for the high voltage platform demonstration?

3) What impression does Nikola Tesla leave with his guests when he does not make a distinction between a human and animal reaction?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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