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

2. Mark tells readers that he very nearly becomes "just ________________."

3. How often does Mark work on the race cars?

4. Are cars modified every season?

5. What happens when Mark grows very discouraged?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is decided between Roger Penske and Chevrolet?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mark's son writes the introduction to this book.

Part 1) Summarize the introduction. How is the introduction important? What is intriguing about the information given in this introduction?

Part 2) How does this introduction prepare the reader for the rest of the story? How does Donohue get into racing? Does this seem surprising? Why or why not?

Part 3) What interests do you have? How could these interests influence your future? What do these interests reveal about you?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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