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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 form do the materials that planets emerge from take before they coalesce into proto-planets?
(a) A cloud.
(b) A sphere.
(c) A disc.
(d) A star.

2. Besides the Voyager spacecraft, what does Sagan cite as a major triumph by NASA?
(a) The Gemini project.
(b) The Hubble Telescope.
(c) The moon landings.
(d) The Mars rovers.

3. Uranus has an unusual field around it of what type?
(a) Radiation.
(b) Magnetism.
(c) Gamma rays.
(d) Photons.

4. Sagan uses what term to describe a theology that requires God to intentionally mislead human scientists?
(a) Typical.
(b) Malevolent.
(c) Dogmatic.
(d) Unsupportable.

5. As of 1990, how many planets did the Voyager craft explore?
(a) Four.
(b) Two.
(c) Three.
(d) Five.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Sagan, which of the following was the most notable historical tool that humans used to explore the world?

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

3. What means does Sagan suggest that humans use to represent and express their desire to wander?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Saga say he is optimistic about the "human prospect"?

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

3. What does the image of the "pale blue dot" suggest to Sagan?

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

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

6. Why is it difficult to detect intelligent life on Earth?

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

8. What dangers did the Voyager I spacecraft face in taking a distant picture of Earth?

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

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

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