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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 1927, who tries to help Nikola Tesla with the promotion of a scientific concept?
2. How much capital funded the incorporation of the Tesla Ozone Company?
3. Where does Nikola Tesla maintain a laboratory for turbine work?
4. What hotel is Nikola Tesla told to vacate in part because of his birds?
5. Where does Nikola Tesla spend time feeding pigeons?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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.
2. In Chapter 16,"Ridiculed, Condemned, Combated," what project is responsible for Nikola Tesla getting little sleep?
3. What closure does Nikola get as he learns about medical uses for his oscillator inventions?
4. After 1915, why does Nikola work for two companies as described in Chapter 20, "Flying Stove"?
5. Why does Nikola try not to attend the Edison Medal ceremony to receive his award?
6. What is different about Nikola's flivver airplane, or flying stove, and other existing aircraft?
7. In Chapter 25, "The Birthday Parties," how does Kenneth Swezey make Nikola's seventy-fifth birthday memorable?
8. What does the fact that Nikola Tesla tries to send a letter to the long-dead Mark Twain signal about his impending death?
9. Describe Nikola's appearance and day-to-day circumstances as he enters his fifties as described in Chapter 18, "Midstream Perils".
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
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'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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