Hidden Figures Test | Final 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. How did Katherine Goble Johnson gain access to the editorial meetings?
(a) She just walked into a meeting one day.
(b) She went to her supervisor and complained.
(c) She kept asking to attend until her male coworkers gave in.
(d) She went to the head of her department and made her case to be allowed to attend.

2. Whose work was sabotaged by a mechanic?
(a) Thomas Byrdsong's work.
(b) Katherine Goble Johnson's work.
(c) Kaz Czarnecki's work.
(d) Mary Jackson's work.

3. In what year did NACA become NASA?
(a) 1952.
(b) 1963.
(c) 1947.
(d) 1958.

4. Who was the first human in space?
(a) Alan Shepard.
(b) Yuri Gagarin.
(c) Neil Armstrong.
(d) John Glenn.

5. Why did Langley employees hold meetings and social gatherings in their own Activities Building in the 1950s?
(a) So they could avoid trying to find a public building that would allow a racially mixed group.
(b) Because they did not want people outside the laboratory to hear what they talked about.
(c) Because it was the only building in the area large enough to accommodate them.
(d) Because it was the nicest building in the area.

6. Why did Dorothy Vaughan go to speak with the division chief of The Flight Research Division?
(a) To recommend that he hire Mary Jackson.
(b) To request a raise.
(c) To clarify Katherine Goble Johnson's position as a member of West Computing or as a permanent member of Flight Research.
(d) To discuss the way Katherine Goble Johnson had been treated by the male engineers.

7. What was the first machine used at Langley to perform computations?
(a) A Bell calculator.
(b) An abacus.
(c) An Apple computer.
(d) An IBM computer.

8. Which group at Langley had already developed expertise in rockets when the space race began?
(a) The Formal Methods Research Group.
(b) The Materials Research Division.
(c) PARD.
(d) The Flight Research Division.

9. What did Langley's Analysis and Computation Division do?
(a) Integrated black and white female computers into one group.
(b) Separated the black women computers from their engineering groups.
(c) Caused the human computers at Langley to lose their jobs.
(d) Introduced male computers to Langley.

10. Besides fearing an attack, what bothered Americans about Russia launching Sputnik?
(a) Americans believed Russia had stolen plans for its satellite from America.
(b) Americans were only weeks away from launching a manned spacecraft.
(c) Americans believed Russia was using the satellite to monitor their communications.
(d) Americans were humiliated that Russia had beat them to space.

11. Where was Central High School, the white school that was in the news because black students were trying to integrate it?
(a) Austin, Texas.
(b) Little Rock, Arkansas.
(c) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
(d) Miami, Florida.

12. How had Katherine Goble Johnson's father taught her to treat other people?
(a) As strangers to be wary of.
(b) As superiors to herself.
(c) As equals.
(d) As inferior to herself.

13. What was the name of the white woman who went with Mary Jackson to speak to a group of black female students about science and engineering careers?
(a) Emily Jamison.
(b) Margery Hannah.
(c) Emma Jean Landrum.
(d) Blanche Sponsler.

14. Why was Katherine Goble Johnson unable to go to the editorial meetings?
(a) Because she was not an engineer.
(b) Because she was black.
(c) Because they did not pertain to her work.
(d) Because she was female.

15. Where was the secret bunker for politicians to be evacuated to in the event of a Russian attack?
(a) Under the Washington Monument.
(b) Under the Langley Research Center.
(c) Under Hampton High School.
(d) Under the Greenbrier hotel.

Short Answer Questions

1. What part of the Mercury Project was the team that Dorothy Lee worked on responsible for?

2. What was the purpose of the document titled "Introduction to Outer Space" that was prepared by President Eisenhower's Advisory Committee on Science?

3. What was special about Mary Jackson's son winning the soap box derby?

4. What country were Americans concerned about their students being able to compete with?

5. How old was Christine Mann Darden when she started the second grade?

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