The Unfair Advantage Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Mark Donohue
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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. Chapter 14: Mclaren M6-B focuses upon ___________________ and how relevant they are to automotive performance.

2. Mark tries to drive for another team, but wisely does what?

3. Mark quickly discovers that racing is a strong interest and so does what?

4. With the new team in place, what do they do with the bulk of the previous system?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Mark's first experiences as a race car driver. What does he learn from this experience?

2. Describe Mark's experience with the Lola T70.

3. What trickery does the team use to throw off those who are not on the team?

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

5. What does the writer of the introduction have to say about the author?

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

7. Describe Mark's personal life. How does he feel about this?

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

9. What does Mark have to say about a good car he is running? Why might he say this?

10. What does someone find for the first time in 1966? Why is this surprising?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Donohue builds a relationship with Flagl.

Part 1) Who is Flagl? How does Donohue meet Flagl? How do these two men begin a working relationship? Why does Flagl become so important to Mark?

Part 2) With who else does Mark build relationships throughout the course of his life? How do each of these individuals influence him as a driver, an engineer, and as a person?

Part 3) With whom do you have a good relationship? How did this relationship develop? How does this relationship influence your daily life? How different would your life be without this person in it?

Essay Topic 3

Mark comes into contact with many other drivers.

Part 1) Name two of these drivers and describe them. How do they compare to Mark, as far as personality and driving record?

Part 2) Describe the relationships between the drivers. How might this compare to the relationships between athletes in other sports?

Part 3) How do other drivers factor into one's abilities on the race track? How does this parallel real life, outside of racing?

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