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 often does Mark work on the race cars?

2. What kind of racing is the answer to number 86?

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

4. For how long has Mark Donohue been racing?

5. In Indianapolis they call, "Gentlemen,....__________________" (p. 182).

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

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

5. What is decided between Roger Penske and Chevrolet?

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

7. What race deal does Mark turn down? What might be the reason he reconsiders it?

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

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

10. What does Mark Donohue think about racing in 1963?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The title of the book is The Unfair Advantage.

Part 1) To what does this pertain? How is this important throughout the book? When does Mark try to have an unfair advantage? Why?

Part 2) How is the unfair advantage tied to a rule of secrecy in racing? How is this secrecy both helpful and detrimental? Might racing be so secretive today? Why or why not?

Part 3) When have you acted secretive or unfairly? Why did you do this? What was the outcome? How does this compare to the actions of racing teams described in this book?

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

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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