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Mark Donohue
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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. There are times during races when Mark does surprisingly well. Why is this surprising?
(a) He has never driven before.
(b) He is a beginner.
(c) He does not enjoy driving.
(d) He is a timid driver.

2. Why is there a serious debate about which type of tires to use in a given race?
(a) The conflict is over values and loyalties.
(b) Many of the tires seem to be the same.
(c) None of the tires are of good quality.
(d) There is not much known about each brand of tires.

3. Mark Donohue is a ___________________ student who likes cars.
(a) Mechanical engineering.
(b) Design.
(c) Music.
(d) Electrical engineering.

4. Mark has one car that is "perfectly balanced" but it takes him ___________ years to fully appreciate what a difference this makes.
(a) Three.
(b) Five.
(c) Ten.
(d) Two.

5. Does Mark ever feel like quitting?
(a) Yes, often.
(b) Yes, sometimes.
(c) No, never.
(d) Yes, always.

Short Answer Questions

1. The book begins with introductory writings by whom?

2. What does Mark realize about his car?

3. Race car driving is all about finding limits the _________ way.

4. Mark tells readers that he very nearly becomes "just ________________."

5. ______________, who brings out the new Lolas every season, wants a number 10 on one of the cars.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the business meeting between Roger Penske and the American Motors people. How does Mark feel about this? Should he feel this way? Why or why not?

2. What conflict over value and loyalties takes place in this chapter? How important does loyalty seem to be, based on this example?

3. Who is Dan Gurney? How does a race with Dan affect Mark? Why?

4. Why is the track at Indianapolis frustrating for Mark?

5. What happens when Mark is driving a car and the restrictions are removed? How important is the difference in speed? Why?

6. How is practicing for a race different than a race?

7. What leads to the first mention of the title of this book?

8. What does Mark Donohue think about racing in 1963?

9. What does the author say about the relationship between speed and aerodynamics?

10. What is the first important lesson Mark Donohue learns about racing?

(see the answer keys)

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