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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. For nearly all of history, what has moved forward?
(a) Spacetime.
(b) Humanity.
(c) The Earth.
(d) Energy.

2. What question does Hawking ask about extraterrestrials?
(a) If they were advanced, why haven't they spread across the galaxy?
(b) If they are real, why haven't we discovered them?
(c) If they were smart, why haven't they contacted us?
(d) If they were out there, why would they want to contact us?

3. What kind of rotating Einstein universe does Hawking consider?
(a) A precious universe.
(b) A realistic universe.
(c) A spinning universe.
(d) A hypothetical universe.

4. What will be preserved if this equation determines the wave function?
(a) Half-determinism.
(b) One quarter-determinism.
(c) Three quarter-determinism.
(d) Full determinism.

5. What does Hawking think one can do to positive vacuum energy?
(a) Move it.
(b) Ration it.
(c) Divide it.
(d) Square it.

Short Answer Questions

1. What made DNA obsolete as the only source of information about humans?

2. How does Hawking describe exploring the galaxy?

3. What does Hawking say extraterrestrials might be like?

4. In what kind of theory does matter behave according to quantum theory?

5. How is the following quote finished: "The human race needs to improve its mental and physical qualities to deal with an...?"

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hawking begin Chapter Four?

2. What is the grandfather paradox?

3. How do cosmic strings relate to space-time?

4. What does Hawking think about the possible technological level of extraterrestrials?

5. What does Hawking think he can prove about space-time paths?

6. What is the Schrodinger equation?

7. What might happen if we do not destroy ourselves?

8. What are wormholes?

9. What does much of the possibility of time travel depend upon?

10. What does it mean for Hawking to think one can "move" positive vacuum energy?

(see the answer keys)

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