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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. According to Sagan, which of the following was the most notable historical tool that humans used to explore the world?
(a) Compasses.
(b) Roads.
(c) Ships.
(d) The Wheel.

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 helps certain compounds form quickly.
(c) It provides shields the moon from solar rays.
(d) It causes molecules to stay on its surface.

3. What type of waves could be analyzed to demonstrate that there is intelligent life on Earth?
(a) Ultraviolet waves.
(b) Cosmic waves.
(c) Microwaves.
(d) Radio waves.

4. What did ancient people notice about planets that set them apart from the stars?
(a) They grew closer from time to time.
(b) They had unique colors.
(c) They were much larger.
(d) They had complex motions and were not fixed.

5. Kuiper discovered that Titan has what chemical vital to the development of life?
(a) Cytozine.
(b) Hexamine.
(c) Argon.
(d) Methane.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is NOT one of the ways that Sagan says life seems to be?

2. Sagan uses what term to describe a theology that requires God to intentionally mislead human scientists?

3. What role does Sagan suggest that religion has played in the development of science?

4. What abstract concept does Sagan specifically say he is optimistic about?

5. Sagan suggests that throughout history, many have claimed that our species is what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the problem of perspective in estimating the importance of human beings?

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

3. Describe the planet Neptune.

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

5. What questions does Sagan say he intends to address in this book?

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

7. What seemingly important features of humanity does Sagan deny to be distinguishing?

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

9. As of 1990, what had the Voyager spacecraft achieved?

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

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