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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. At the end of the book, what major political change occurs?
(a) Iraq acquires nuclear capabilities.
(b) The Korean Conflict ends.
(c) The US and the Soviets stop competing in space.
(d) The Vietnam War begins.
2. The next manned space flight occurs in 1965 and the space program continues still today. Yet one thing was lost from the original Mercury program and still remains different today. What it is?
(a) NASA is not dedicated to the space program.
(b) Astronauts are no longer seen as national heroes.
(c) Congress no longer has oversight of NASA's budget.
(d) Pilot training programs are no longer in demand.
3. What is President Kennedy obsessed with?
(a) Catching up with the Russians in the space race.
(b) Defeating the Cubans.
(c) Dismantling Project Mercury.
(d) Promoting his space advisor to NASA's head.
4. Towards the end of his flight, Cooper starts experiencing problems. What is causing these problems?
(a) The communications module.
(b) The electrical system.
(c) The heat shields.
(d) The stabilizers.
5. The first "manned" space flight by Russia does not have a man aboard. What living thing do the Russians send into space?
(a) A cat.
(b) A chimpanzee.
(c) A dog.
(d) A hamster.
6. How many pilots are selected to comprise the second group of astronauts for the new moon program?
7. When accompanying Glenn on his travels, what does Pete Conrad find himself doing?
(a) Helping Glenn prepare for his next flight.
(b) Driving Glenn's car.
(c) Carrying Glenn's luggage.
(d) Answering Glenn's fan mail.
8. What is Gus afraid of as he tries to swim to the helicopter's horse collar?
(b) The helicopter crashing.
(d) Blacking out.
9. As she waits for her husband to be launched into space, what is Louise Shepard doing?
(a) Giving an interview to the reporters from Life magazine.
(b) Hiding in her back bedroom in tears.
(c) Watching television like everyone else.
(d) Being a proper hostess for the people gathered in her house to watch the launch.
10. Who is in charge of crew selection?
(a) John Glenn.
(b) John Kennedy.
(c) Deke Slayton.
(d) James Webb.
11. What is the name of the first Russian cosmonaut?
(a) Sergei Korolyov.
(b) Yuri Gagarin.
(c) Gherman Titov.
(d) Alexei Leonov.
12. During the launch itself, how much fuel is being consumed by the rockets each second?
(a) 1000 pounds.
(b) 1 ton.
(c) 2 1/2 tons.
(d) 56,000 gallons.
13. Why does the Air Force bring Chuck Yeager back to Edwards?
(a) To be the Director of Training Operations.
(b) To fly the X-32.
(c) To qualify for the astronaut training program.
(d) To be the Director of Flight Operations.
14. Why does the unmanned flight receive very little public attention?
(a) The Beatles are making their first US tour.
(b) The public doesn't believe NASA can pull it off.
(c) The Russians beat the Americans to the punch again.
(d) The public is tired of test flights.
15. Which astronaut takes Slayton's place for the next flight?
(a) Scott Carpenter.
(b) Gordon Cooper.
(c) Wally Schirra.
(d) Alan Shepard.
Short Answer Questions
1. Sixteen days after Grissom's flight, the Russians launch another cosmonaut into space. How many times does the cosmonaut orbit the Earth before landing?
2. Why do the astronauts move to Houston?
3. How does Slayton refer to NASA's decision in statements to the press?
4. On what day does Shepard's Mercury capsule launch?
5. The first test flight using an Atlas rocket is unmanned. Who or what goes up in the second test flight?
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