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. What instruction did Katherine Goble Johnson give her daughters' principal after her husband died?
(a) To avoid talking about her husband's death.
(b) Not to give her daughters any special treatment.
(c) To allow Dorothy Vaughan to pick the children up from school.
(d) To go easy on her grieving daughters.

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

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

4. What was Christine Mann Darden's job when she was in high school?
(a) She worked in a laundromat.
(b) She worked in a library.
(c) She worked in an antiques store at a hotel.
(d) She worked as maid in a hotel.

5. What does NASA stand for?
(a) New Airplane Science Administration.
(b) National Aero Space Alliance.
(c) National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
(d) Newport Aeronautical and Science Administration.

6. What position was Dorothy Lee subbing in when she impressed the branch chief with her math skills and earned her permanent position in his branch?
(a) Computer.
(b) Engineer.
(c) Bookkeeper.
(d) Secretary.

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

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

9. Besides fearing an attack, what bothered Americans about Russia launching Sputnik?
(a) Americans were humiliated that Russia had beat them to space.
(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 believed Russia had stolen plans for its satellite from America.

10. Who was the division chief of The Flight Research Division when Katherine Goble Johnson was sent to work there?
(a) Henry Pearson.
(b) James William.
(c) John Becker.
(d) R. T. Jones.

11. What did James Williams have to do on his first day of work at Langley?
(a) Take a test to prove he had the necessary skills to work there.
(b) Prove that he had an engineering degree.
(c) Convince the guards at the gate that he was an engineer.
(d) Deal with a mechanic who sabotaged his work.

12. Who was branch chief that offered James Williams a place on his team?
(a) Jaybird.
(b) R.T. Jones.
(c) John Becker.
(d) Kaz.

13. How did Mary Jackson see her son's opportunity to build a soap box derby car?
(a) As a waste of time.
(b) As a way to show that he could do anything white children could do.
(c) As a way of boosting his self-esteem.
(d) As an apprenticeship in engineering.

14. What happened when Katherine Goble Johnson sat down at a desk in the Flight Research Division on her first day there?
(a) She was told to move.
(b) She was mistaken for Dorothy Vaughan.
(c) The white man next to her got up and walked away.
(d) She was given work meant for one of the engineers.

15. What did Executive Order 10925, signed by President Kennedy, call for?
(a) Desegregation of schools.
(b) Desegregation of the military.
(c) Affirmative action.
(d) Abolition of the Jim Crow laws.

Short Answer Questions

1. What branch of the military did Katherine Goble Johnson's second husband serve in?

2. In what year was East Computing disbanded?

3. What important research had the men in The Flight Research Division presented just weeks before Katherine Goble Johnson was sent to work there?

4. How did Dorothy Vaughan reinvent her career after the Analysis and Computation Division was created?

5. Why was it a challenge for black boys to enter into the All-American Soap Box Derby?

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