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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 does Sagan say the rings of Saturn composed of?
(a) Chunks of destroyed planets.
(b) Frozen methane clouds.
(c) Tiny ice worlds.
(d) Discs of stone.

2. When did NASA's SETI program go online?
(a) 1978.
(b) 1992.
(c) 1996.
(d) 1984.

3. What type of missions does Sagan recommend in order to prepare to deal with Earth-bound asteroids?
(a) Meteor landings.
(b) Extra-planetary manned missions.
(c) Asteroid landings.
(d) Spacewalks.

4. Where was NASA's first SETI facility located?
(a) The Sierra Nevada mountain range.
(b) The Nevada salt flats.
(c) The Appalachian mountain range.
(d) The Mojave desert.

5. Sagan discusses in detail a theory that Saturn's rings are caused by what effect?
(a) Gravity waves.
(b) Cosmic perturbation.
(c) Planetary tides.
(d) Ether condensation.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old are the terrain features generated by Venus' volcanoes?

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

3. When was Venus first explored by a space probe?

4. Sagan suggests that humans could live and thrive around what unusual type of star?

5. What country does Sagan believe is best suited for undertaking a terraforming effort?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Sagan say that it is probably the fate of humanity to "live in the dark"?

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

6. How is Venus similar to Earth?

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

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

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

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

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