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

2. The speeds at Indianapolis are _________________ of all the tracks.

3. Another young man invites Mark to race his __________________ one night.

4. As what does Mark continue working?

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. What is decided between Roger Penske and Chevrolet?

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

4. What piece of hardware at the end of the book is discussed? What is said about this piece?

5. Describe an example of compromise found in this chapter.

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

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

8. How does Roger Penske upset the Ferrari man?

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. Describe Mark's experience with the Lola T70.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Race cars need modifications and adjustments.

Part 1) Describe two of Mark's cars and the adjustments made. Explain what the reader can learn about racing and engineering from Mark's descriptions of these adjustments?

Part 2) What else do all race cars have in common? Why do they often not last long? Can this be remedied? If so, how? If not, why not?

Part 3) How are race car drivers and their teams affected by these facts about race cars? Do you believe racing has changed much since Mark's years as a driver? If so, how? If not, why not?

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