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 reports to readers that he thinks about it for how long, and then decides to go ahead and give it a try?

2. The race cars, _____________ and the race tracks are featured in photos.

3. The answer to number 70 breaks during the race and is repaired when?

4. 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.

5. How does the author die?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Donohue builds a relationship with Flagl.

Part 1) Who is Flagl? How does Donohue meet Flagl? How do these two men begin a working relationship? Why does Flagl become so important to Mark?

Part 2) With who else does Mark build relationships throughout the course of his life? How do each of these individuals influence him as a driver, an engineer, and as a person?

Part 3) With whom do you have a good relationship? How did this relationship develop? How does this relationship influence your daily life? How different would your life be without this person in it?

Essay Topic 3

Mark stays loyal to McLaren.

Part 1) Why do Mark and the Penske team decide to work with McLaren? Describe the McLaren cars. Overall, are they of good quality and a good fit for the Penske team? Why or why not?

Part 2) Why does Mark stay with McLaren for a racing season, but have Roger Penske buy a new Eagle car from Dan Gurney? To what does this lead? How is this adjustment unusual? How effective is this adjustment? Explain.

Part 3) To whom are you loyal? Why are you loyal to this person, persons, or organization? How does this loyalty affect the decisions you make? Overall, do you see loyalty as a positive thing? Why or why not? Overall, does Mark's loyalty to various organizations throughout his life have a positive affect on his life? Explain.

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