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

2. In what year does the U.S. Supreme Court strike down the Marconi Company patents for the invention of radio?

3. In what year do Nikola Tesla's friends Hobson and Johnson die?

4. Who arranges a party for Nikola Tesla's 75th birthday in 1931?

5. What are the descendants of the Tesla flivver airplane?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role does the National Research Council have in preventing Nikola from getting his ideas listened to?

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

3. 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?

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 the face of what is termed the 1903 "Rich Man's Panic," how does Scherff advise Nikola Tesla to leverage one of his inventions to raise funds?

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

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

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

10. In Chapter 25, "The Birthday Parties," how does Kenneth Swezey make Nikola's seventy-fifth birthday memorable?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nikola has nothing but disdain for Orville Wright's aircraft technology. Therefore, he invents his own "flying stove" using early vertical takeoff technology that is not patented until 1928, and not utilized by two companies until after 1950. What reasons can you give for why Nikola is not able to prototype or commercialize this technology? Do you think at least some of his resistance to Wright's aircraft is due to personal or intellectual arrogance? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Nikola's expresses two goals for his move to Colorado Springs -- to beat Marconi with a wireless system, and to transmit energy plentifully and cheaply around the Earth. There is no documented information to support research for either of these goals. Although Nikola is satisfied himself that he can make lightning dance and has received messages from outside the earth's atmosphere, he has failed in his attempt to reach both of his stated goals. Explain the reasons for the failure and his eventual departure from Colorado Springs. What, if anything has he learned that may help him do things differently back in New York?

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