The Right Stuff Test | Final 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. When the capsule splashes down and Shepard is detaching all of the hoses so that he can leave the capsule, what sound does he hear?

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

3. How many orbits does Cooper complete?

4. When does the second Mercury flight take place?

5. Which chimpanzee is chosen to go into space?

Short Essay Questions

1. The wives had barely started getting settled into their new homes in Houston when something extraordinary starts happening. What is it?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. Why is Betty Grissom so upset at the treatment of Gus after his flight?

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

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

7. Why does the next group of astronauts selected contain fourteen trainees instead of the intended eleven trainees?

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

9. What reaction does the American public have to the chimpanzee's flight?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The mindset of a fighter jock, whether testing airplanes or riding on rockets, is different from the mindset of the "average" person. With the danger inherent in their daily occupational duties, the fighter jock mindset probably has to be different to continue to go up and push the envelope.

a. Describe the coping mechanisms the pilots had in place to help them deal with the enormous stress of their jobs.

b. Discuss the coping mechanisms the pilots' wives had in place to deal with the enormous stress of their husbands' jobs.

Essay Topic 2

The book first introduces us to some of the Mercury astronauts during their test flying days and, by the astronaut selection process, we have met all seven of the men who will be selected for Project Mercury. By the end of the book, we have seen these men over three to four years.

a. Compare and contrast the attitudes of the Original Seven astronauts when they first entered the training program to their attitudes towards the conclusion of the Mercury program. How did their success affect the systems in place at NASA?

b. How did the success of the Mercury program change these men, if at all? Pick two of the seven and support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

When Project Mercury first began, the pilots were flying to Cape Canaveral for their training sessions. Later, as Project Mercury outgrew Cape Canaveral, the program was moved to Houston. Compare and contrast the astronauts' lifestyles in Cape Canaveral and Houston.

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