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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which project produced Fat Man and Little Boy?
(a) The Brooklyn Project.
(b) The Manhattan Project.
(c) The Chicago Project.
(d) The Farside Project.

2. What did Einstein wish people to abandon concerning time?
(a) That time equals money.
(b) The idea of the 24 hour clock.
(c) A universal notion of time.
(d) A general notion of the ratio of time to speed.

3. How does Hawking think we should try to understand the beginning of the universe?
(a) In terms of scientific laws.
(b) In terms of religious theories.
(c) In terms of philosophy.
(d) In terms of scientific arguments.

4. What two things are considered capable of shaping space-time, according to Einstein?
(a) Mass and energy.
(b) Time and conclusion.
(c) Matter and weight.
(d) Gravity and space.

5. What was everywhere when the universe was small?
(a) Molecular effects.
(b) Particle effects.
(c) Quantum effects.
(d) Atomic effects.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did the universe initially expand?

2. Who were unconvinced by the ideas of an infinite past and future?

3. How many galaxies are there?

4. How were people's views of space-time changed because of Einstein's work?

5. What may the no boundary condition imply?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who worked on quantum mechanics in the 1920s, and what discovery was made?

2. Describe imaginary time.

3. What does Hawking believe the possibility of intelligent beings' existence depends on?

4. What is vacuum energy?

5. Why can't we coherently ask why the universe is the way it is?

6. Briefly describe Einstein's involvement in the events of WWII.

7. What changed about the way we view zero point fluctuations in the 1940s?

8. What is the no boundary condition, and what does it imply?

9. What was the "ether" theory?

10. What was considered the foundation of a TOE and why did it go out of fashion?

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