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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Sagan suggests that humans could live and thrive around what unusual type of star?
(a) Brown dwarfs.
(b) Pulsars.
(c) Nova nuclei.
(d) White dwarfs.

2. What does Sagan believe about weapons of mass destruction?
(a) They are a necessary evil.
(b) They should be tightly controlled.
(c) They must never used in anger.
(d) They must be destroyed.

3. How old are the terrain features generated by Venus' volcanoes?
(a) 1 billion years.
(b) 500 million years.
(c) 2 billion years.
(d) 4 billion years.

4. Sagan cautions that the beliefs he endorses could lead to an overabundance of what?
(a) Confidence.
(b) Population.
(c) Pride.
(d) Technology.

5. When does Sagan predict that anti-matter will be mass-manufactured?
(a) The early 21st century.
(b) The 23rd century.
(c) The 22nd century.
(d) They late 21st century.

6. What is the acronym for the project within SETI that Sagan worked on?
(a) ARGUS.
(b) TITAN.
(c) MEGA.
(d) SPACE.

7. What type of missions does Sagan recommend in order to prepare to deal with Earth-bound asteroids?
(a) Asteroid landings.
(b) Meteor landings.
(c) Spacewalks.
(d) Extra-planetary manned missions.

8. What type of asteroids does Sagan suggest that men might be able to live inside of?
(a) Silicon asteroids.
(b) Ice asteroids.
(c) Carbon asteroids.
(d) Short-period asteroids.

9. What was the name of the mission that sent the first probes to Venus?
(a) Venera.
(b) Oracle.
(c) Lyka.
(d) Sojourner.

10. When did the belief that Venus was a "sister planet" to Earth become dispelled?
(a) The mid nineteenth century.
(b) The early twentieth century.
(c) The mid twentieth century.
(d) The late nineteenth century.

11. Sagan estimates that intelligent life might arise on average in one out of how many stars?
(a) One billion.
(b) Ten thousand.
(c) One trillion.
(d) One million.

12. Sagan suggests that ancient people did not think of the moon as which of the following?
(a) As a place.
(b) As a real object.
(c) As moving.
(d) As having an opposite side.

13. What is the shape of the galaxy closest to the Milky Way?
(a) Spiral.
(b) Cluster.
(c) Disc.
(d) Globular.

14. How far out does the solar corona die out?
(a) 1200 AU.
(b) 550 AU.
(c) 5 AU.
(d) 70 AU.

15. What does Sagan say the rings of Saturn composed of?
(a) Discs of stone.
(b) Tiny ice worlds.
(c) Frozen methane clouds.
(d) Chunks of destroyed planets.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the major result of the Cretaceous-Tertiary Collision?

2. What planet in the solar system obviously suffers from a severe greenhouse gas effect?

3. At the time this book was written, about how many asteroids were known to have paths that take them close to the Earth?

4. Why does Sagan say that Mars is a more desirable target for human exploration than the moon?

5. What is the primary way that humans add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere?

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