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

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

3. 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.

4. What is the primary way that humans add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere?
(a) Heavy industry byproducts.
(b) Drilling for natural gas and oil.
(c) Carburetor emissions.
(d) Burning fossil fuels.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The primary discipline that Sagan argues nations benefit from by investing in space exploration is called which of the following?

2. What type of missions does Sagan recommend in order to prepare to deal with Earth-bound asteroids?

3. What type of asteroids does Sagan suggest that men might be able to live inside of?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is unusual about the surface of Venus?

3. How is Venus different from Earth?

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

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

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

7. How is Venus similar to Earth?

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

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

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

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