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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 3, The Great Demotions, Chapter 4, A Universe Not Made For Us.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At the time of the writing of this book, what is the farthest planet that humans had reached through the use of exploratory probes?
(a) Saturn.
(b) Neptune.
(c) Pluto.
(d) Uranus.

2. What abstract concept does Sagan specifically say he is optimistic about?
(a) Human destiny.
(b) The future.
(c) The human prospect.
(d) The human capacity for love and discovery.

3. What is notable about pictures taken of the Earth from the moon?
(a) There is no visible sign of mankind.
(b) The Earth is always in a half-eclipse.
(c) No landmasses can be seen.
(d) The Earth appears completely dark.

4. What role does Sagan suggest that religion has played in the development of science?
(a) Religiously-minded individuals often become scientists.
(b) Science progressed in spite of religion.
(c) Religion informs and guides scientific development.
(d) Religion has aided science in significant ways.

5. What major component of the Voyager craft was threatened in Sagan's plan to take a distant picture of Earth?
(a) The vidicon system.
(b) The solar panel array.
(c) The telemetry antenna.
(d) The spectral analyzer.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which other nation besides the United States led the way in space exploration?

2. What strange motion do all of the stars in the sky exhibit?

3. What did ancient people notice about planets that set them apart from the stars?

4. Sagan compares the human need for religion to what?

5. Sagan uses what term to describe a theology that requires God to intentionally mislead human scientists?

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