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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. Sagan suggests that throughout history, many have claimed that our species is what?
(a) Irredeemable.
(b) Unique.
(c) Essentially good.
(d) Worthless.

2. Conditions of what type were extremely important in the creation of early life on Earth?
(a) Littoral.
(b) Atmospheric.
(c) Aquatic.
(d) Geological.

3. What is the constituent particle of light?
(a) The photon.
(b) The neutrino.
(c) The neutron.
(d) The electron.

4. What innovation was crucial in discovering Titan?
(a) Newton's laws of motion.
(b) The chemical rocket engine.
(c) The theory of general relativity.
(d) The telescope.

5. Which of the following is a major point opponents of space exploration raise?
(a) There is nothing of value anywhere else in the solar system.
(b) No good has ever come of space exploration.
(c) The problems on Earth should be solved first.
(d) Space exploration exists for national prestige only.

Short Answer Questions

1. As of 1990, how many moons did the Voyager craft explore?

2. How fast was Voyager I moving in 1990?

3. Many of organic molecules arrived on Earth from what source?

4. One feature that Sagan suggests would be easier to detect that human intelligence would be flatulence from what kind of animal?

5. What is Neptune's largest moon?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What may have happened to other planets from the early solar system?

3. What does Sagan think about the failure of the Voyager probes to find life in the solar system?

4. How was Sagan involved in discoveries about Titan?

5. What message do the Voyager craft carry with them from Earth?

6. What was Sagan's involvement in the passage of Mars by the Viking probe?

7. Why does Sagan believe that the image of the "pale blue dot" undermined the "imagined self-importance" of humanity?

8. What are the distinguishing characteristics of the planet Uranus?

9. What aspects of science make it unappealing to some?

10. What does the Strong Anthropomorphic principle suggest?

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