The Einstein Quiz

Having recently finished Walter Isaacson's shockingly detailed and wonderfully enlightening biography of Albert Einstein, I was struck by a single, startling notion—I don't have much to do with this information. So, I decided to write this quiz. Let's see how much you know about one of the most brilliant (and controversial) minds in the illustrious annals of science history.

1 of 10
Einstein claimed to have developed "slowly," mentally, and, in consequence, was prone to bouts of which behavioral quirk as a young child?
2 of 10
Einstein relied upon which natural phenomenon to help confirm and validate his General Theory of Relativity?
A tidal wave
A meteor shower
A rainbow
An eclipse
3 of 10
Einstein transformed his Special Theory of Relativity into the even more profound General Theory of Relativity in a year that coincided with which historic event?
The Wright Brothers' first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C.
World War I
Babe Ruth was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees
The first feature film with synchronized sound was released
4 of 10
Which university first offered Einstein a professorship?
Oxford University
The University of Zurich
The University of Bern
Princeton University
5 of 10
Where was Einstein working when he produced the papers mentioned in the previous question?
A music school
A patent office
A distinguished university
A high school
6 of 10
During his "wonderful year" of 1905, Einstein published four papers that would revolutionize physics. He only won a Nobel Prize for one of them, however. For which paper did he receive the award?
On a Heuristic Viewpoint Concerning the Production and Transformation of Light
A New Determination of Molecular Dimensions
A Paper on Brownian Motion
On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies
7 of 10
Einstein was exceptionally gifted at playing which instrument?
8 of 10
Rumors abound that Einstein was terrible at mathematics, and failed multiple classes on the subject. Are these rumors fact or fiction?
9 of 10
Einstein's father gave him something when he was four or five years old, which Einstein credits with piquing his interest in physics and the relation between space and time very early on in his life. What was the something his father gave him?
A compass
A watch
A deck of cards
A pocket mirror
10 of 10
When The New York Times, following The Times of London, picked up the story of Einstein's successfully tested theory, who did they assign to write the ground-breaking news?
An adjunct professor at Oxford
The entire New York Times staff
F. Scott Fitzgerald
A golf writer