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. The most successful auto designs last for how many years?

2. There are ______________ changes having to do with what will work with the Javelin race cars.

3. During the beginning, they run ________ wings.

4. Mark is with others often but also can feel very much alone. Why?

5. Why do even the best of race cars often not last long?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Roger say that frightens Mark? Why does Roger say this?

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

8. How does Mark Donohue's career as a race car driver begin to truly become a reality?

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

10. What does at least one of Mark's competitors think of innovation? Why might this person feel this way?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mark dislikes leaving bad feelings between himself and anyone else.

Part 1) Why does he reveal this about himself? What example is given regarding a time when he is not given a chance to work out problems with someone else?

Part 2) Why is this attitude regarding relationships important in racing? Do you see it as being more important in racing than in other fields? Why or why not?

Part 3) How does this foreshadow events to come in Mark's life? What might you learn from this attitude of Mark's regarding others?

Essay Topic 2

The Penske team enters Formula One racing.

Part 1) What is Formula One racing? Why is Roger Penske interested in Formula One? How does he begin preparations for his team entering this racing league? Are they adequately prepared? Explain.

Part 2) How do both Formula A and racing at Indianapolis help the Penske team prepare for Formula One? How is the opening at Watkins Glen also important? What does all this information reveal about racing leagues and strategies?

Part 3) Mark frequently discusses the differences between the various racing leagues. In what leagues does he race? Why does he race in them? What are the similarities and differences between these leagues? What does Mark learn from variations in each of them?

Essay Topic 3

Roger Penske is Mark's funder and organizer.

Part 1) Describe their relationship. How does it begin? How does it affect both their careers in racing?

Part 2) How does this relationship change over time? Why? In the end, is this a good partnership? Why or why not?

Part 3) How important are funders and organizers today in sports and other forms of entertainment? How does this importance affect the relationship between the funder and the one he or she funds, as well as the form of entertainment?

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