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 kind of probability must this universe generate to produce a macroscopic time loop?

2. What does Hawking think black holes radiate?

3. What does Hawking explain particles do not have?

4. How could time travel be possible?

5. What popular sci-fi show does Hawking refer to when discussing its differences with humanity in a millennium?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Hawking begin Chapter Four?

5. How would black hole radiation occur?

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

7. What is a time travel "horizon"?

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

9. What are three of the things Hawking declares have increased exponentially, doubling every forty years of less?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using Chapter Seven as an informative text, write an essay on WIMPs. Be sure to properly define WIMPs, discuss their relationship with potential shadow brane worlds, and also analyze the lack of gamma radiation coming from black holes.

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 discusses the concept of brane worlds at length. Since brane worlds are a very difficult and far-reaching topic, write an essay that seeks to succinctly summarize the concept of brane worlds and their relationship with humans.

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