Hidden Figures Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Margot Lee Shetterly
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where did Mary Jackson attend college?
(a) Spelman College.
(b) Howard University.
(c) Virginia State University.
(d) Hampton Institute.

2. What was the name of the pilot who broke the sound barrier?
(a) John Glenn.
(b) Thomas Byrdsong.
(c) Harry Byrd.
(d) Chuck Yeager.

3. Who was the singer that Dorothy Vaughan took her children to see at Ogden Hall?
(a) Marian Anderson.
(b) Ellah Fitzgerald.
(c) Lena Horne.
(d) Billie Holiday.

4. Why did Dorothy Vaughan sometimes put dinner on the table for her children and then walk around the block before eating?
(a) To prevent herself from talking about her classified work.
(b) To stay thin.
(c) To make sure they had enough to eat before she ate.
(d) Because she did not want to take out the frustrations of her day on them.

5. What effect did V-J day have on the workforce in the area surrounding Langley?
(a) Employers began paying their employees less.
(b) Many workers were laid off.
(c) Employers began paying their employees more.
(d) There was a need to hire additional workers.

6. What was special for the Vaughans and Manns about vacationing at Log Cabin Beach?
(a) Blacks and whites vacationed together there without segregation laws.
(b) Miriam and Dorothy could talk openly about their work.
(c) It was the only place they were able to socialize with one another.
(d) There were no "colored" signs.

7. How did Shetterly know the woman that her father told her was a human computer, thus sparking her interest in the topic?
(a) The woman was her kindergarten teacher.
(b) The woman was her mother's best friend.
(c) The woman was her former babysitter.
(d) The woman was her former Sunday School teacher.

8. What did James Thompson call the idea that black Americans had to fight in the war for victory overseas and at home for victory over oppression?
(a) The Constant Battle.
(b) The Double War.
(c) The Black Man's Battle.
(d) The Double V.

9. What was the original name of NASA?
(a) NASP.
(b) NAPA.
(c) NAACP.
(d) NACA.

10. What did the researchers at Langley use to gain test results without the dangers of test flights?
(a) Computer simulations.
(b) Unmanned aircrafts.
(c) Wind tunnels.
(d) Ground models.

11. What state was Katherine Goble Johnson from?
(a) North Carolina.
(b) South Carolina.
(c) Virginia.
(d) West Virginia.

12. Who was the head computer when Langley began hiring black women?
(a) Virginia Tucker.
(b) Dorothy Vaughan.
(c) Mary Jackson.
(d) Blanche Sponsler.

13. What was Howard Vaughan's job?
(a) He was an itinerant bellman.
(b) He was a teacher.
(c) He worked in a shipyard.
(d) He was a custodian at the high school.

14. What did Dorothy Vaughan do in the summer of 1944 to make her situation more permanent?
(a) Became a member of the church she had been attending.
(b) Signed a lease on a house.
(c) Divorced her husband.
(d) Signed a contract with Langley.

15. How much was Dorothy Vaughan offered in pay to work at Langley in comparison to her teaching job?
(a) Ten cents more per hour.
(b) The same amount.
(c) 50 percent more per hour.
(d) Twice as much.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was West Computing's section head when Dorothy Vaughan first came to Langley?

2. Why did the NAACP file a lawsuit against Booker T. Washington High School in Virginia?

3. What neighborhood near Langley did Dorothy Vaughan eventually permanently settle in?

4. Who was the professor that mentored Katherine Goble Johnson while she was in college?

5. How many women, both black and white, were working as computers when Dorothy Vaughan started at Langley?

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