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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 fault does Sagan admit that science has?
(a) It fails to uplift human spirits.
(b) It is always inaccurate.
(c) It is marred by human perception and arrogance.
(d) It can only develop theories, not laws.

2. What planet represents the farthest distance from Earth that the Voyager craft were intended to function at?
(a) Mars.
(b) Jupiter.
(c) Uranus.
(d) Saturn

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

4. The "great demotions" are changes in thinking about the status of what?
(a) The dominance of religion.
(b) The body of human scientific work.
(c) The age of the Earth.
(d) The place of humanity in the universe.

5. When probes enter the atmospheres of other planets, what color do they often see the sky to be?
(a) Black.
(b) Yellow.
(c) Red.
(d) Blue.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Sagan, how do early Earth and Titan compare?

2. What major component of the Voyager craft was threatened in Sagan's plan to take a distant picture of Earth?

3. What was the state of the knowledge and belief about life on other planets at the time the book was written?

4. What strange motion do all of the stars in the sky exhibit?

5. What was Neptune's position in the solar system as of the writing of this book?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the Strong Anthropomorphic principle suggest?

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

4. What contributed to the formation of the first microbes on Earth?

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

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

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

8. Describe the planet Neptune.

9. What advantage make it more likely that the Voyager records will eventually be found?

10. What planets had been explored by human beings, at the time of the writing of this book?

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