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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. In what year does Nikola Tesla turn 80?
2. In what year is Nikola Tesla summoned to court for failure to pay his takes in New York City?
3. Why is Nikola Tesla never sure what day to celebrate for his birthday?
4. Besides being an inventor, for what other role is Nikola Tesla known?
5. After Mark Twain and J. Pierpont Morgan die, what happens to Nikola Tesla's behavior?
Short Essay Questions
1. What mistake does Nikola make when proposing his process for degassifying copper to the American Smelting and Refining Company?
2. In Chapter 17, "The Great Radio Controversy," what court rules that Nikola Tesla is the inventor of radio, rather than William Marconi?
3. After 1915, why does Nikola work for two companies as described in Chapter 20, "Flying Stove"?
4. In Chapter 25, "The Birthday Parties," how does Kenneth Swezey make Nikola's seventy-fifth birthday memorable?
5. What happens when the New York Times publishes a story indicating that Tesla and Edison will receive a Nobel Prize in physics?
6. Describe why Nikola, now in his fifties, aggrandizes his theories and projects to others.
7. What is different about Nikola's flivver airplane, or flying stove, and other existing aircraft?
8. 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?
9. What influence does Nikola have on some Canadians with respect to wireless electric power generation?
10. What closure does Nikola get as he learns about medical uses for his oscillator inventions?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Nikola never profited much financially from any of his inventions, and many were never patented. In addition, many of his ideas were developed decades, or even centuries before science and technology were sufficiently developed to carry the work forward. Choose two of Nikola's inventions, and trace the youth and adult experiences in Nikola's life that contribute to this futuristic outlook. Provide examples in the book that seem to substantiate reasons for his unique ability to see far into the science and technology future.
Essay Topic 3
Later in his life, Nikola Tesla becomes enamored with feeding and caring for pigeons in Manhattan. Author Margaret Cheney provides numerous theories that attempt to explain Nikola's attraction and even compulsion for the birds. Describe the various theories mentioned in the book, and explain which theory is the most plausible to you. Why? Finally, discuss your opinion about whether Nikola's love of nursing pigeons has something to do with an attempt to replace the lack of a female marriage partner in his life.
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