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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Ted Whelan die?
(a) He flies beneath the hard deck and into power lines.
(b) He is in a car accident.
(c) His plane crash lands in a swamp.
(d) His parachute fails to open.

2. Which of the astronauts had separated from his wife, but reconciles with her after the psychological interviews at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base because he thinks it will improve his chances for astronaut selection?
(a) Scott Carpenter.
(b) John Glenn.
(c) Deke Slayton.
(d) Gordon Cooper.

3. In the eyes of the engineers, what are the astronauts?
(a) Partners in a great mission.
(b) National heroes.
(c) Test subjects in an experiment.
(d) Essential to the success of the program.

4. Who is known as the "king of the test fighter pilots"?
(a) Jim Lovell.
(b) Pete Conrad.
(c) Chuck Yeager.
(d) Gus Grissom.

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

6. While not logging any flying time comes to bother all seven of the astronauts, which is the astronaut who finally voices their complaint?
(a) Gordon Cooper.
(b) Wally Schirra.
(c) John Glenn.
(d) Gus Grissom.

7. What does Gus Grissom find to be the strangest experience for him in the beginning of the press conference?
(a) As soon as they appear, reporters start firing questions at them.
(b) The flashing light bulbs from all of the cameras causes him to have a seizure.
(c) The absolute silence of the conference room as the pilots walk through the curtain for the first time is the strangest thing.
(d) The photographers are so eager for pictures of the astronauts and they haven't even been introduced yet.

8. What did the astronauts most often hit in the procedures trainer?
(a) The oxygen stir handle.
(b) The launch button.
(c) The abort handle.
(d) The communications button.

9. Who is the biggest practical joker among the volunteers?
(a) Alan Shepard.
(b) Wally Schirra.
(c) Gus Grissom.
(d) Pete Conrad.

10. Where are the new astronauts stationed?
(a) Langley Air Force Base.
(b) Cape Canaveral.
(c) Kennedy Space Center.
(d) Edwards Air Force Base.

11. Why is Gus Grissom uncomfortable during the press conference?
(a) He hates being misquoted in the newspapers.
(b) He is camera shy.
(c) He doesn't like people.
(d) He hates telling total strangers how he feels.

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

13. 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) Gus Grissom.
(b) Scott Carpenter.
(c) Deke Slayton.
(d) John Glenn.

14. The first flight into space will turn one of the seven astronauts into what?
(a) The first death in the group.
(b) The first pilot named to NASA's Board of Directors.
(c) The one most often compared to a monkey.
(d) The true brother at the top of the pyramid.

15. From the pilots' point of view, what is the only thing lacking during their astronaut training?
(a) The intense and constant media scrutiny.
(b) Resources being funneled to the program.
(c) The pioneer spirit.
(d) Flying time.

Short Answer Questions

1. In every flight class, what ratio of new trainees do not earn their wings?

2. What is the nickname given to Project Mercury by the top pilots at the base?

3. What is the inscription found on the blackboard in the Astronaut Office?

4. What is the biggest challenge of landing on a carrier ship?

5. What does "pushing the outside of the envelope" refer to?

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