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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What is unusual about Uranus's orientation?
(a) It shifts from time to time.
(b) It is laid on its side.
(c) It is the only planet that lies perfectly in the ecliptic.
(d) It wobbles constantly.
2. What does Sagan suggest that cavemen were usually looking for when they wandered?
(a) New territory.
3. What is notable about the stars in Sagan's distant picture of the Earth?
(a) They appear very close.
(b) They have many different colors.
(c) Very few are visible.
(d) An immense number are visible.
4. How many planets were known to ancient people?
5. What is notable about the Sun's light in Sagan's distant picture of the Earth?
(a) It appears to bathe the Earth in light.
(b) It appears as many distinct shafts of light.
(c) It is extremely dim.
(d) It creates a halo around the Earth.
6. According to Sagan, how do early Earth and Titan compare?
(a) They are similar.
(b) They are totally different.
(c) They are only vaguely related.
(d) They are almost exactly the same.
7. What scientist is well-known for writing about the differences between species of animals?
8. Sagan helped to discover that Saturn provides what critical element to Titan?
(c) A magnetosphere.
(d) Tidal forces.
9. What does Neptune's moon have less of compared to Titan?
10. How much bigger is Neptune than Earth?
(a) Forty times.
(b) Four times.
(c) Two hundred times.
(d) A hundred times.
11. What is Neptune's largest moon?
12. According to Sagan, which of the following was the most notable historical tool that humans used to explore the world?
(d) The Wheel.
13. What type of waves could be analyzed to demonstrate that there is intelligent life on Earth?
(a) Radio waves.
(c) Ultraviolet waves.
(d) Cosmic waves.
14. Sagan uses what term to describe a theology that requires God to intentionally mislead human scientists?
15. Which of the following does Sagan NOT cite as evidence for the age of the universe?
(a) Telemetric spectrometry.
(b) Star evolution.
(c) Radioactive dating.
(d) Impact craters.
Short Answer Questions
1. Which of the following is NOT one of the ways that early planets may have been made incapable of bearing life?
2. What role does Sagan suggest that religion has played in the development of science?
3. What concept does Sagan suggest that the image of the "pale blue dot" mocks?
4. What strange motion do all of the stars in the sky exhibit?
5. Who was the first to discover moons around another planet?
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