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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. How old does Sagan state that "fundamentalist monotheists" believe the Earth to be?
(a) 1 million years old.
(b) 300,000 years old.
(c) 6,000 years old.
(d) 10,000 years old.

2. Which of the following is NOT one of the ways that Sagan says life seems to be?
(a) Insignificant.
(b) Intentional.
(c) Absurd.
(d) Meaningless.

3. Sagan suggests that the image of the "pale blue dot" teaches the need for what?
(a) Peace.
(b) Space exploration.
(c) Science education.
(d) Kindness.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is notable about pictures taken of the Earth from the moon?

2. Kuiper discovered that Titan has what chemical vital to the development of life?

3. The "great demotions" are changes in thinking about the status of what?

4. What does Sagan say is an easy way to visually identify planets?

5. What are the records on the Voyager craft engraved in?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the distinguishing characteristics of the moon Titan?

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

4. What would be the first things an alien visitor to Earth would notice about the planet?

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

6. How did ancient people know about the planets?

7. How was Sagan involved in discoveries about Titan?

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

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

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

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