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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 was the name of the mission that sent the first probes to Venus?
(a) Oracle.
(b) Venera.
(c) Sojourner.
(d) Lyka.

2. Sagan describes the "myth" that he believes should be created as centering around what?
(a) Tolerance.
(b) Encouragement.
(c) Discovery.
(d) Science.

3. What planet is the "evening star"?
(a) Mars.
(b) Mercury.
(c) Venus.
(d) Saturn.

4. What type of asteroids does Sagan suggest that men might be able to live inside of?
(a) Carbon asteroids.
(b) Silicon asteroids.
(c) Ice asteroids.
(d) Short-period asteroids.

5. How far out does the solar corona die out?
(a) 550 AU.
(b) 70 AU.
(c) 5 AU.
(d) 1200 AU.

Short Answer Questions

1. When does Sagan think that the human race will be "on its way"?

2. Which of the following is NOT a major resource on Mars that makes it viable for "terraforming"?

3. What did Steven Hawking worry about with regard to black holes?

4. What is the primary distinguishing feature that SETI looks for to identify a communication from an intelligent source?

5. According to Sagan, what was the major advantage of the attitude of the government towards the Apollo project?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What location in the solar system either have or are believed to have once had volcanoes?

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

4. What types of strategies are most practical for stopping an Earth-bound asteroid?

5. What is unusual about the surface of Venus?

6. Why does Sagan believe it is unlikely that a manned mission to Mars will be carried out in the near future?

7. What is the purpose of SETI and how does it operate?

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

9. How does Sagan believe that humanity will progress in the next hundred or so generations?

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

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