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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. When communicating with mission control, what does Glenn refer to his capsule as?
(a) Atlas 1.
(b) Test Flight 84.
(c) Mercury 3.
(d) Friendship 7.

2. After the Russian flight, NASA scrubbed the remainder of the planned Mercury flights using Redstone rockets. What is the next flight to attempt?
(a) A moon landing.
(b) A rocket launch with a plane landing.
(c) Dropping bombs from space.
(d) Orbital flight.

3. At the end of the book, what major political change occurs?
(a) The Korean Conflict ends.
(b) Iraq acquires nuclear capabilities.
(c) The Vietnam War begins.
(d) The US and the Soviets stop competing in space.

4. How does the author both begin and end the Epilogue?
(a) The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away.
(b) To everything there is a season.
(c) Every race has a beginning, a middle, and an end.
(d) To dream at all is to dream big.

5. Towards the end of his flight, Cooper starts experiencing problems. What is causing these problems?
(a) The electrical system.
(b) The heat shields.
(c) The stabilizers.
(d) The communications module.

Short Answer Questions

1. John Glenn's flight and his taking on "the mighty Soviet Integral" causes comparisons with what Biblical story?

2. On John Glenn's 40th birthday, who comes to Glenn's birthday dinner?

3. What do the pilots at Edwards finally expect the public to realize based on the chimpanzee's successful flight?

4. What is the pervading feeling as the launch approaches?

5. When Cooper is in the capsule awaiting launch, all of his objective readings indicate that Cooper has done something no previous astronaut has done. What does Cooper do?

Short Essay Questions

1. The seven original Mercury astronauts receive the Iven C. Kincheloe Award for outstanding professional performance in the conduct of test flight from the Society for Experimental Test Pilots. What does receiving this award mean to the astronauts?

2. Why is there a certain danger in scrapping the Redstone rocket in favor of the Atlas rockets?

3. For the third space flight, the astronaut's wife decided to write her own story for Life magazine. The magazine rents her a "safe house" to watch the launch from so no one knows where she and her children are. Why does this action upset Shorty Powers?

4. What does Shepard see as the main differences between the actual flight and the centrifuge's simulated flights?

5. During the delay before the launch, Shepard found his biggest issue to be his need to use the restroom. However, no device for urination was designed into the capsule. Why not?

6. What is the effect on Shepard of having so many pre-flight simulations?

7. What is the general assumption regarding why the capsule's hatch blew before the helicopter hooks on?

8. Why are the American politicians and reporters alarmed by the Russian's flight?

9. During an international space conference attended by the Russians to publicize their successes in space, what reassuring fact does the United States learn?

10. In Chapter 15, what does John Glenn argue with James Webb about?

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