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. Who is the main competitor at this time?

3. Does Mark prefer to be alone?

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

5. The book begins with introductory writings by whom?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Mark Donohue's career as a race car driver begin to truly become a reality?

6. What does someone find for the first time in 1966? Why is this surprising?

7. What does Mark think about the Javelin race car? How does he deal with this?

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

9. What does the writer of the introduction have to say about the author?

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

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 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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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