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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 are chunks of Martian rock studied on Earth?
(a) They are captured in space.
(b) They are simulated with moon rocks.
(c) They are returned by two-way probes.
(d) They fall to the Earth.

2. Sagan suggests that ancient people did not think of the moon as which of the following?
(a) As a place.
(b) As having an opposite side.
(c) As moving.
(d) As a real object.

3. What country does Sagan believe is best suited for undertaking a terraforming effort?
(a) China.
(b) The United States.
(c) Japan.
(d) The European Union.

4. What did Steven Hawking worry about with regard to black holes?
(a) That they could tear space-time.
(b) That they could migrate into the solar system.
(c) That they were growing larger with time.
(d) That there were varied types of them.

5. Sagan suggests that humans could live and thrive around what unusual type of star?
(a) Nova nuclei.
(b) Brown dwarfs.
(c) Pulsars.
(d) White dwarfs.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following characteristics of Venus is LEAST similar to Earth's?

2. When does Sagan predict that anti-matter will be mass-manufactured?

3. What fuel source might be viable within asteroids?

4. Which of the following is one of the moons of Mars?

5. At the time this book was written, how many Mars Observers had been flown successfully?

Short Essay Questions

1. What resources does Sagan believe that carbon asteroids have that make them suitable for human habitation?

2. What does Sagan believe black holes have to offer?

3. Why does Sagan suggest that space exploration aids in protecting the planet?

4. What is unusual about the ring systems of the planets in our solar system?

5. What does Sagan think were the major upsides of the Apollo missions?

6. What does Sagan believe would be necessary for the safety of the human race to be secured?

7. What does Sagan conclude about the morality of terraforming and planetary colonization?

8. What would the process of "terraforming" on Mars be like?

9. Why does Sagan believe that America sent men to the moon?

10. What promising signs does Mars have for being host to life?

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