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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following is one of the moons of Mars?
(a) Hecuba.
(b) Gilgamesh.
(c) Phobos.
(d) Orpheus.

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

3. Why does Sagan say that Mars is a more desirable target for human exploration than the moon?
(a) It is more like Earth.
(b) It has more to teach.
(c) It has more resources.
(d) It is more inhabitable.

4. What country does Sagan believe is best suited for undertaking a terraforming effort?
(a) China.
(b) Japan.
(c) The United States.
(d) The European Union.

5. What characteristic of the atmosphere of Venus was initially impossible to explain?
(a) Its high winds.
(b) Its heat.
(c) Its composition.
(d) Its dark spots.

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

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

8. What process would be critical to terraforming Mars?
(a) The greenhouse cycle.
(b) Ozone catalyzing.
(c) Oxidation.
(d) The Turing effect.

9. What is the primary distinguishing feature that SETI looks for to identify a communication from an intelligent source?
(a) Mathematical constants.
(b) Prime Numbers.
(c) Design parameters.
(d) Repetition.

10. Sagan describes the "myth" that he believes should be created as centering around what?
(a) Discovery.
(b) Science.
(c) Tolerance.
(d) Encouragement.

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

12. At the time this book was written, how many Mars Observers had been flown successfully?
(a) One.
(b) Three.
(c) None.
(d) Five.

13. What type of government is Sagan most opposed to?
(a) Plutocracy.
(b) Socialism.
(c) Theocracy.
(d) Fascism.

14. The atmosphere of Venus would best be described as which of the following?
(a) Cold.
(b) Light.
(c) Thick.
(d) Deep.

15. When did NASA's SETI program go online?
(a) 1978.
(b) 1996.
(c) 1992.
(d) 1984.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of asteroids does Sagan suggest that men might be able to live inside of?

2. What planet is the "evening star"?

3. The primary discipline that Sagan argues nations benefit from by investing in space exploration is called which of the following?

4. Why do some suggest capturing asteroids in Earth orbit?

5. What does Martian soil seem to contain?

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