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. On what does Nikola Tesla say that civilized nations would spend more on than war?

2. On what is Nikola Tesla working around the time of his 75th birthday?

3. What is being manufactured at Wardenclyffe?

4. What does Nikola Tesla's 81st birthday bring him?

5. In what decade is Prohibition enacted?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. What do Nikola and Ivan Mestrovic have in common, and how do they leverage those commonalities?

6. What influence does Nikola have on some Canadians with respect to wireless electric power generation?

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

8. 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?

9. Why is there conflicting information about Nikola Tesla's invention of a "Chinese Wall" in the U.S. of Teleforce?

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

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

It seems that no matter how Nikola approaches the "selling" of his ideas, he never achieves his stated or promised goals. Provide five reasons for this. Which is his biggest obstacle, and why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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