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

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

3. The atmosphere of Venus would best be described as which of the following?
(a) Thick.
(b) Cold.
(c) Deep.
(d) Light.

4. When does Sagan think that the human race will be "on its way"?
(a) When we reach another star.
(b) When we begin living in space.
(c) When we begin colonizing other planets.
(d) When we make contact with another intelligent species.

5. What fuel source might be viable within asteroids?
(a) Organic solids.
(b) Methane.
(c) Hexane.
(d) Bacteria byproducts.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of government is Sagan most opposed to?

2. What is the primary way that humans add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere?

3. What moon was found to have volcanoes?

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

5. Sagan suggests that the Apollo missions were primarily about what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What profit motivations exist in a manned mission to Mars?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Sagan want to see on Mars?

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