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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. When did a "disrupted" comet famously fall into Jupiter?
(a) 1994.
(b) 2000.
(c) 1982.
(d) 1964.

2. What was the name of the second mission that sent probes into the atmosphere of Venus?
(a) Kepler.
(b) Hubble.
(c) Mariner.
(d) Brahe.

3. When was Venus first explored by a space probe?
(a) 1980.
(b) 1950.
(c) 1961.
(d) 1970.

4. What types of information does SETI analyze?
(a) Cosmic rays.
(b) Magnetic waves.
(c) Gravitational waves.
(d) Radio waves.

5. Why do some suggest capturing asteroids in Earth orbit?
(a) To use them as space stations.
(b) To study them.
(c) To use them as weapons.
(d) To mine them for resources.

Short Answer Questions

1. What characteristic of the atmosphere of Venus was initially impossible to explain?

2. Mars apparently once had what resource?

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

4. What is the acronym for the project within SETI that Sagan worked on?

5. How well does Sagan say his typical audience handles the practical details of a Mars mission?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Venus similar to Earth?

2. What is unusual about the surface of Venus?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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