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. What happens when Mark grows very discouraged?

2. Chapter 15: The Lola T70 includes an experimental stiff set of ________________ that are so good they are reused in a number of race cars over several years.

3. Roger Penske and his team players end up running ___________ cars in the USAC the next year.

4. During this chapter, Mark observes that they have at least one competitor who assumes that innovation is what?

5. For how long has Mark Donohue been racing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe Formula racing.

9. How has the race in which Mark has now taken an interest become a good experience for Mark and the team?

10. Why do race cars not last very long? How does this lead to Mark's discussion of another unfair advantage?

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

A disaster occurs in the Penske team's garage.

Part 1) Describe this accident. How does it affect the Penske team? How does Mark view this accident? What does this reveal about him?

Part 2) What other challenges and setbacks does the Penske team face throughout the book? How do they handle these challenges? What do they learn from these potentially negative situations? Overall, how is racing changed because of challenges faced by drivers and teams?

Part 3) What challenges or setbacks have you faced in your life? How did these affect you? What positive things came from these negative situations?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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