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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 9, An American Ship at the Frontiers of the Solar System, Chapter 10, Sacred Black.

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) Uranus.
(b) Pluto.
(c) Saturn.
(d) Neptune.

2. Which other nation besides the United States led the way in space exploration?
(a) France.
(b) Japan.
(c) China.
(d) The Soviet Union.

3. Uranus has an unusual field around it of what type?
(a) Photons.
(b) Gamma rays.
(c) Radiation.
(d) Magnetism.

4. What does Sagan lament about the study of Titan?
(a) We still know very little about it.
(b) There is no interest in studying it.
(c) It is usually impossible to observe.
(d) There are no probes headed for it.

5. What is one trait of human beings that Sagan cites as being responsible for our belief in our importance in the universe?
(a) Ignorance.
(b) Insecurity.
(c) Industry.
(d) Creativity.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is notable about the stars in Sagan's distant picture of the Earth?

2. What does Sagan claim is the key element of humanity's future?

3. What scientist is well-known for writing about the differences between species of animals?

4. When were the Voyager spacecraft launched?

5. Sagan suggest that modern religious thinking treats scientific evidence in what way?

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