How well do you know Albert Einstein?
by Staff
Albert Einstein was a pretty smart guy. When you look up the word "genius" in the dictionary, so the saying goes, it's a pretty safe bet you'll see Einstein's mug. Think you’re smart enough to take on a quiz about the famed thinker?

When Einstein was 5 years old, his father showed him something that inspired him to be interested in science. What was it?

  • a compass
  • a calculator
  • a telescope

What are Einstein's "Annus Mirabilis Papers"?

  • a set of Einstein's documents, thought to be lost in a fire, that were rediscovered in the 1960s
  • four papers that Einstein published in 1905, which are thought to be among his greatest works
  • papers that Einstein published when he was only 16 that ended up being the basis for the theory of relativity

What do the letters in "e=mc2" stand for?

  • E: energy, M: matter, C: calories
  • E: energy, M: mass, C: speed of light
  • E: electricity, M: mass, C: time

In what year did Einstein win the Nobel Prize for Physics?

  • 1918
  • 1919
  • 1921

In the 1930s, a German man was convicted of plotting to kill Einstein. What was his punishment?

  • electrocution
  • life in prison
  • a $6 fine

When Einstein finally fled Germany for the United States in 1940, where did he move?

  • Princeton, N.J.
  • Cambridge, Mass.
  • Pasadena, Calif.

In 1939, Einstein and Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard wrote an urgent letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. What did they ask him to do?

  • not go to war with Germany
  • develop an atomic bomb
  • invade Germany

Einstein had a big falling-out with his oldest son, Hans. What was the problem?

  • Hans published a theory about electromagnetic fields that Einstein strongly disagreed with.
  • Einstein thought Hans had tried to steal some of his papers.
  • Einstein didn't like Hans' wife.

According to the book "Einstein in Love," what was Einstein's "Woody Allen moment"?

  • One night at a jazz bar in Berlin, a drunken Einstein played a clarinet solo for the crowd.
  • Before marrying his second wife, he actually considered wedding her daughter instead.
  • He made a short film about his failed love affairs.

When Einstein died in 1955, a doctor removed his brain and then did what with it?

  • Put it in a jar, took it home and then refused to give it back
  • Sliced it up and gave it to a bunch of scientists
  • Both -- and then stuck it in his car trunk almost 40 years later and drove to California