The Universe in a Nutshell Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. What do black holes absorb?

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

3. What kind of explanation does Hawking give for how it might be possible to travel through time?

4. How can half-determinism be preserved in relation to black holes?

5. What is Feynman's history idea called?

Short Essay Questions

1. What partially restores determinism and why?

2. What did the physicist John Wheeler mean when he said, "a black hole has no hair"?

3. What does Hawking believe black holes radiate?

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

5. What did Strominger and Vafa postulate in 1996?

6. What is the grandfather paradox?

7. What does Hawking claim might happen if children could gestate outside the womb?

8. What are wormholes?

9. How many books are published a year, and what does Hawking have to say about the good ones?

10. How does Hawking begin Chapter Four?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hawking states that the human race must be able to better itself since it will be dealing with an "increasingly complex world." Write an essay that supports or negates this argument. Be sure to include data from Chapters Five, Six, or Seven and at least two other supporting examples from your own research.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the ether theory. Explain why this theory fell apart and what Einstein's role was in its deconstruction. Be sure to include at least two reasons the ether theory became redundant and unnecessary.

Essay Topic 3

Hawking's extensive research of black holes has provided us with informative clues for how black holes might actually work. Write an essay that uses Hawking's research to formulate a summary of our knowledge of black holes before and after Hawking's scientific work.

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