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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Neptune's largest moon?
(a) Triton.
(b) Eurydice.
(c) Europa.
(d) Ariadne.

2. In what way is Titan's cold atmosphere an advantage for the formation of life?
(a) It protects its inner core from tidal forces.
(b) It provides shields the moon from solar rays.
(c) It helps certain compounds form quickly.
(d) It causes molecules to stay on its surface.

3. Sagan describes humans as which of the following, with respect to their arrival in the universe?
(a) Middling achievers.
(b) Extreme latecomers.
(c) Early adopters.
(d) Slow movers.

4. Earth will most likely lose contact with the Voyager probes when what happens?
(a) Their solar cells die.
(b) Their radio transmitters die.
(c) They pass the troposphere.
(d) They reach the Kuiper belt.

5. What was Neptune's position in the solar system as of the writing of this book?
(a) It was last.
(b) It was third to last.
(c) It's position was uncertain.
(d) It was the last known planet.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is a major point opponents of space exploration raise?

2. The Voyager probes found large amounts of what element on Titan?

3. What fault does Sagan admit that science has?

4. When were the Voyager spacecraft launched?

5. Which of the following is NOT one of the ways that early planets may have been made incapable of bearing life?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the "great demotions" that Sagan refers to?

2. How are the Voyager spacecraft able to travel quickly to distant planets?

3. How does Saga claim that human beings expressed their desire to wander as civilization grew?

4. How could Dermott's calculations about Titan be confirmed?

5. Briefly describe the progress made to undermine the geocentric theory.

6. What problems does NASA face in pursuing its missions?

7. When this book was written, what was known about planets in other solar systems?

8. Why did ancient people believe there could not be any other planets beyond the ones they knew about?

9. What "malevolent" theology does Sagan describe in Chapter 3, "The Great Demotions"?

10. What does Sagan believe about the intelligence of the Voyager spacecraft.

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