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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why should Yeager be grounded and not allowed to fly the test flight to break the sound barrier on October 14th?
(a) He has been out drinking the night before.
(b) His wife is having a baby.
(c) He has the flu.
(d) He has two broken ribs.

2. Which of the astronauts rises early each morning to do his roadwork where everyone can see him?
(a) Wally Schirra.
(b) Gus Grissom.
(c) John Glenn.
(d) Deke Slayton.

3. Which astronaut is known as the Icy Commander?
(a) Deke Slayton.
(b) Alan Shepard.
(c) Pete Conrad.
(d) John Glenn.

4. Which of the astronauts does not live with his family on or near the base, but houses his family 120 miles away from the base and lives in the base's Bachelor Quarters?
(a) Deke Slayton.
(b) Scott Carpenter.
(c) Gus Grissom.
(d) John Glenn.

5. Complete this flying theorem: "There are no accidents and no fatal flaws in the machines..."
(a) if you follow the manuals, you will be fine.
(b) there are only pilots with the wrong stuff.
(c) just untimely tragedies.
(d) there are, however, dumb mistakes.

6. When a pilot is in the air and looking down at the ground, what does he most often feel?
(a) Superior to the people below.
(b) Grateful he has the opportunity to fly.
(c) Airsick.
(d) Like it's time to get back to base.

7. Muroc Army Air Base is renamed in 1948. What is its new name?
(a) Kennedy Army Air Base.
(b) George Air Force Base.
(c) Edwards Air Force Base.
(d) Cape Canaveral.

8. Who is John Glenn's greatest ally in the debate over how the astronauts should conduct themselves?
(a) Scott Carpenter.
(b) Gordon Cooper.
(c) Deke Slayton.
(d) Gus Grissom.

9. What does every fighter jock also think of himself as?
(a) A ladies' man.
(b) An indestructible force.
(c) An ace driver.
(d) A being just beneath God.

10. How many test pilots are in the original group in Jacksonville?
(a) 8.
(b) 12.
(c) 35.
(d) 20.

11. What is Jim Lovell's nickname?
(a) Scooby.
(b) Ace.
(c) Ears.
(d) Shaky.

12. What does "pushing the outside of the envelope" refer to?
(a) The farthest distance from the base a plane can fly without refueling.
(b) The limits of a particular aircraft's performance.
(c) The least amount of sleep a test pilot needs before being considered safe to fly.
(d) The new US Postal Service's mailing requirements.

13. What does the author liken the deck of a carrier to?
(a) A thimble.
(b) An ice rink.
(c) A skillet.
(d) A highway.

14. By the end of the chapter, which one of the seven is beginning to assume the natural leadership role?
(a) Alan Shepard.
(b) Jim Lovell.
(c) John Glenn.
(d) Gordon Cooper.

15. What is the top speed attained during the October 14th flight?
(a) Mach 0.96.
(b) Mach 1.05.
(c) Mach 0.80.
(d) Mach 1.10.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year does the story begin?

2. The pilots hold Konakai seances. What is Konakai?

3. How many kills does Yeager have by the end of World War II?

4. How much time passes after the press conference before the astronauts are though of as national heroes?

5. Why is Pete Conrad transferred to the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland?

(see the answer keys)

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