The Right Stuff Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the engineers see as the most difficult, challenging, and pioneering part of the project?

2. What is Gus Grissom awarded for his actions during combat in Korea?

3. Which of the astronauts rises early each morning to do his roadwork where everyone can see him?

4. Who does NASA hire to be the astronauts' press representative?

5. What is the most difficult routine in military flying?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Army fire Slick Goodlin and give the X-1 piloting assignment to Yeager?

2. Why do the pilots come to hate Lovelace?

3. Contrast flight training with astronaut training.

4. Why do Chuck Yeager's comments in Phoenix almost set off a national scandal? What happens to avoid the scandal?

5. What is the goal of the pilots in Project Mercury, which is the same goal in every new and important flight project?

6. Name two reasons that fighter pilots hate to declare an emergency.

7. What are John Glenn and Alan Shepard in serious disagreement about?

8. What is the procedures trainer?

9. As the number of killed pilots rises, how does that affect the mood of Pete Conrad?

10. Why does Gus Grissom find the selection of Scott Carpenter as an astronaut odd?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At various times during the lifespan of Project Mercury, there are opposing interests as to the policies and priorities of NASA and the astronauts. Describe the struggle for leadership between the following men.

a. John Kennedy and James Webb?

b. John Glenn and John Kennedy?

c. James Webb and John Glenn?

Essay Topic 2

Once the astronauts were selected for Project Mercury, they were no longer military fighter pilots. They became sought-after public figures and national heroes.

a. How did this change their behavior patterns, if at all?

b. What impact did this change have on their families, if any?

Essay Topic 3

In the early days of the space program, while the Americans were blowing up more rockets than they were successfully launching, an international conference was held that was attended by both the Soviets and the Americans.

a. What did the United States learn as a result of attending the conference?

b. What fears were assuaged for the United States by the international conference?

c. Had the Cold War not been ongoing, could the United States and Russian programs worked together to enhance both programs? Why or why not?

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