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

2. Sagan describes humans as which of the following, with respect to their arrival in the universe?
(a) Middling achievers.
(b) Slow movers.
(c) Extreme latecomers.
(d) Early adopters.

3. Which of the following is NOT one of the major unknowns that Sagan says he will address in this book?
(a) How humans can explore space.
(b) Why humans should explore space.
(c) Whether or not there is intelligent life on nearby planets.
(d) What humanity's future is.

4. How does Sagan say that science relates to the existence of a divine being?
(a) Science explicitly denies such a being can exist.
(b) Science does not require such a being.
(c) Science disproves that divine beings can interact with the universe.
(d) Science allows for divine beings and miraculous events.

5. The Anthropic Principle is divided into two theories that are termed what?
(a) Strong and weak.
(b) Greater and lesser.
(c) Orthodox and reformed.
(d) Old and new.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which planet was Voyager 2 intended to visit first?

2. William Herschel, the discoverer of Uranus, had what unusual profession?

3. What concept does Sagan suggest that the image of the "pale blue dot" mocks?

4. How fast was Voyager I moving in 1990?

5. What does Neptune posses at its core that Uranus apparently lacks?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How has the attitude of the Catholic church towards Galileo changed over time?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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