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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. Who finds Nikola Tesla dead in his bed on January 8?
2. What does Dr. Eisenbud suggest about Nikola Tesla's mental condition?
3. In what year does Nikola Tesla become very feeble?
4. In what year does Nikola Tesla finally sue Marconi?
5. For what experiment does Nikola Tesla solicit funding in New York in 1900?
Short Essay Questions
1. What use does Nikola describe for radar in Chapter 21, "Radar"?
2. In Chapter 19, "The Nobel Affair," for what two inventions does Nikola Tesla think he can collaborate with John Hays Hammond, Jr., and why?
3. What does the fact that Nikola Tesla tries to send a letter to the long-dead Mark Twain signal about his impending death?
4. 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.
5. 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?
6. 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?
7. What mistake does Nikola make when proposing his process for degassifying copper to the American Smelting and Refining Company?
8. In Chapter 16,"Ridiculed, Condemned, Combated," what project is responsible for Nikola Tesla getting little sleep?
9. What is different about Nikola's flivver airplane, or flying stove, and other existing aircraft?
10. After 1915, why does Nikola work for two companies as described in Chapter 20, "Flying Stove"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
For a period in Nikola Tesla's life, he becomes quite secretive about more than surface details of his inventions. In his seventies, he announces earth-shattering inventions and makes numerous prophecies. To what do you attribute these changes? Why is Nikola suddenly willing to take risks again after so many years? How much of this change can be attributed to the interest shown to him by Kenneth Swezey?
Essay Topic 2
It seems that Nikola Tesla's decision not to enter into a marriage was part of a deliberate effort to maintain the focus on his career. Yet other successful "money men" and inventors of the times had wives and children. With your knowledge of Nikola, and given the times in which he lived, explain whether you think he would have been able to envision and create the devices and ideas that he did had he been married. Select one or two married "money men" described in the book, and discuss why they were able to be successful. Are the type of women they selected for mates similar to the type of women with whom Nikola affiliated as friends?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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