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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Hawking describe himself?
(a) A positivist.
(b) A relationist.
(c) An optimist.
(d) A negativist.

2. What are cosmic strings?
(a) Sections of space divided into tiny lines.
(b) Points between which waves connect.
(c) Objects with length but tiny cross sections.
(d) Planes with narrowly etched furrows.

3. What do black holes absorb?
(a) Mass.
(b) Weight.
(c) Heat.
(d) Energy.

4. When particles hit p-branes, what are produced?
(a) Extra, multi-dimensional branes.
(b) Miniature explosions.
(c) Nothing is produced.
(d) Time bombs.

5. In what kind of theory does matter behave according to quantum theory?
(a) Geometrical theory.
(b) Special theory.
(c) Philosophical theory.
(d) Semiclassical theory.

6. What is a practical limit on the design of faster computers?
(a) The speed of gravity.
(b) The speed of light.
(c) The acceleration of mass.
(d) The weight of gravity.

7. What laws might allow space-time to warp to allow a spaceship to travel through the past?
(a) The laws of physics.
(b) The laws of geometry.
(c) The laws of aerodynamics.
(d) The laws of calculus.

8. How do most discussions of time travel begin?
(a) With longitudinal equations.
(b) With special relativity.
(c) With perpendicular theorems.
(d) With general relativity.

9. What made DNA obsolete as the only source of information about humans?
(a) Language.
(b) Quantum theory.
(c) Culture.
(d) Song.

10. What does Hawking say extraterrestrials might be like?
(a) Very primitive or very advanced.
(b) Easy to get along with.
(c) Like humans.
(d) Not very bright.

11. What kind of theory do we not have yet that is essential to figuring out time travel?
(a) Feynmann's historical theory.
(b) Simmon's spacetime theory.
(c) Gravitational theory.
(d) Quantum gravity theory.

12. According to Hawking, what lies ahead in the future if no great disaster occurs?
(a) Improving human genetics.
(b) Improving animal genetics.
(c) Improving the quality of life for all humans.
(d) Improving human morals.

13. In what realm of physics is it important to consider the Schrodinger equation?
(a) Contemporary theoretical physics.
(b) Medical theoretical physics.
(c) Special theoretical physics.
(d) General theoretical physics.

14. What does Hawking think black holes radiate?
(a) Heat.
(b) Light.
(c) Energy.
(d) Sound.

15. What kind of advanced development does Hawking predict for humanity?
(a) Weapon development.
(b) Religious development.
(c) Social development.
(d) Biological and electronic development.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is doubling its computational power every eighteen months?

2. How does Hawking describe exploring the galaxy?

3. How many books a year are estimated to be published?

4. When was absolute time overthrown as an idea?

5. What does Hawking say might happen if humans don't destroy themselves?

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