The Unfair Advantage Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Mark Donohue
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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. Mark Donohue frequently acknowledges the help of whom?

2. What kind of racing is the answer to number 86?

3. Does Mark prefer to be alone?

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

5. What is Mark's funder's response regarding driving for another?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Mark asks for advice from other drivers? Why do they act this way?

2. What does Mark say about race cars in general? How does this lead to a reiteration of an important fact?

3. Describe Mark's death.

4. How does Roger Penske upset the Ferrari man?

5. What race deal does Mark turn down? What might be the reason he reconsiders it?

6. Do you believe that teams should be allowed to almost break the rules? Why or why not?

7. How does Mark feel during this chapter? Why?

8. How does Mark Donohue die? What are your thoughts on his death?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the early 1970s, Roger Penske has a meeting with the American Motors people.

Part 1) Describe the reason for this meeting. How does Mark feel about this meeting? Why? How does this meeting affect Penske's racing team? How does it affect Mark specifically?

Part 2) What other changes take place within the Penske racing team over the years during which Mark is a driver? Why do these changes take place? How do these changes affect the Penske team?

Part 3) Do changes like these take place in other sports and forms of entertainment? If so, how and why? If not, why not? How do changes affect fans and the sport's image?

Essay Topic 2

Race cars run on several different types of fuel.

Part 1) Describe these types of fuel. What are Mark's experiences regarding fuel types? Which might he prefer? Why?

Part 2) What other aspects of the automobile are significantly important to the outcome of a race? How are each of these parts of an automobile important?

Part 3) How is the type of fuel used in an automobile driven on the street an issue today? What research is being done regarding this fuel? Why? How might this affect racing?

Essay Topic 3

Mark dies in a crash.

Part 1) How does Mark end up racing one last time? How does this lead to his death? Might he have known that this was a risk he was taking? Why or why not?

Part 2) What does his death reveal about the sport of racing? How does it affect your view of this popular sport? What could be done to make this sport safer for those involved?

Part 3) Many forms of entertainment are dangerous for the performers/athletes. Are these activities worth the risks? Why or why not? Should it be legal to participate in these activities? Why or why not?

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