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. How does the author die?

2. Roger Penske is to communicate with Chevrolet's John DeLorean. Who is this man?

3. He writes about how his Penske team uses ________________ to create a new car, and that this race car does just fine in at least one race.

4. Why does the answer to number 28 come as a bit of a shock?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Mark prior to becoming a race car driver. How does he get into racing?

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

5. 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?

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

7. What does Mark reveal about himself during this chapter?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Mark has a difficult time with a car he races at Indy.

Part 1) What does Mark imply regarding these difficulties? How does this reiterate the importance of both the car and driver when racing well? What does this period of time reveal about Mark?

Part 2) How does Mark handle these difficulties? How does this lead to more difficulties? Why? What does this reveal about race car drivers?

Part 3) What are your own weaknesses? How do you deal with these weaknesses? Have others been able to help you? If so, how? If not, why not? How do your own weaknesses compare to Mark's?

Essay Topic 3

Loyalty causes problems for Mark and his team.

Part 1) To whom is Mark loyal? Why? How does this affect his racing? Overall, are these loyalties beneficial? Why or why not?

Part 2) Describe loyalties that athletes have today. Why do these loyalties exist? How do they affect an athlete's career? How do these loyalties compare to Mark's?

Part 3) To whom are you loyal? Why? How does this loyalty affect your life and the decisions you make in your life? Overall, do you see loyalties as good or bad? Why?

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