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以为 carries with it the nuance of thinking or considering something mistakenly. 我以为你们已经分手了。 - I thought you had already broken up (but it seems you're still together.) 认为 doesn't have any such connotation and can be used generally to mean "to think," "to consider." 我认为他是我最重要的朋友。 - I consider him to be my most important friend.
Originally, 晚 could be written as 莫 (in ancient form): 艹（草, grass）+ 日 (sun), referring to when the sun is below the grass -- sunset. In modern Chinese, we can understand or memorize it in this way: 日 (sun) + 免 (cancel), without the sun, sunset. Then its meaning extends to night and evening. So 晚 does mean night and evening, and they are its original ...
晚 itself means late, and it doesn't mean night, like 晚霞. While 夜晚， 晚上，晚间 mean night. So "beautiful night" is 美丽的夜 or 美丽的夜晚，not 美丽的晚。 However in some words the character 晚 does mean night, that is because it is kind of abbreviation, like 晚安, 晚饭, 晚会。 In regard to when to use 晚 and when to use 夜, there is no hard rule for that. There is no scientific ...
I haven't looked up in the dictionary, so my answer may not be accurate. Just for reference. 方法 means the way that should be followed when doing something. Example: 使用方法 (the way to use something, like washing machine or ointment) 办法 seems to be more colloquial, and mostly refers to the way to solve a problem or achieve a goal. Sometimes it is equivalent to ...
Putting it simple: 认为 - think or consider 以为 - thought or considered (but I was wrong).
Think about a scenario: You and your group are asked to do a social survey, and you're going to pick up your topic by yourselves. So you called a meeting to discuss it. Everybody talked about their ideas(想法), and you vote for a topic. Think about another scenario: At class, your professor played a piece of video about some hot news, and then he wanted you ...
As an extension to Flake's answer: 做 in most cases do not involve creative activity, in another word, usually do not involve mind work. As in 做工(work), 做饭(cook). 作 in most cases is something creative.As in 作曲(compose), 创作(write).
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