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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. What magazine carries two of Nikola Tesla's designs: extracting electricity from seawater and plans for a geothermal steam plant?
2. What type of weapon does Nikola envision in his conversations with Viereck?
3. In what year do Nikola Tesla's friends Hobson and Johnson die?
4. In what year is Nikola Tesla summoned to court for failure to pay his takes in New York City?
5. How is Nikola Tesla planning to use the Tesla turbine engine?
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. In Chapter 16,"Ridiculed, Condemned, Combated," what project is responsible for Nikola Tesla getting little sleep?
3. What role does the National Research Council have in preventing Nikola from getting his ideas listened to?
4. Describe Nikola's appearance and day-to-day circumstances as he enters his fifties as described in Chapter 18, "Midstream Perils".
5. 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?
6. Why is there conflicting information about Nikola Tesla's invention of a "Chinese Wall" in the U.S. of Teleforce?
7. What closure does Nikola get as he learns about medical uses for his oscillator inventions?
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. 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?
10. Describe why Nikola, now in his fifties, aggrandizes his theories and projects to others.
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
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
Discuss two or three things that you learned as a result of reading this book -- and from all of the class and homework learning experiences. Explain the importance of what you learned in each case, and why your new knowledge might make you a different or better person as you grow older.
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