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. With what company does the team have a history?

2. Mark Donohue is a ___________________ student who likes cars.

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

4. Does Mark ever feel like quitting?

5. Why is there a serious debate about which type of tires to use in a given race?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. Describe Formula racing.

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

8. What does Roger say that frightens Mark? Why does Roger say this?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Roger Penske is Mark's funder and organizer.

Part 1) Describe their relationship. How does it begin? How does it affect both their careers in racing?

Part 2) How does this relationship change over time? Why? In the end, is this a good partnership? Why or why not?

Part 3) How important are funders and organizers today in sports and other forms of entertainment? How does this importance affect the relationship between the funder and the one he or she funds, as well as the form of entertainment?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Mark dies in a crash.

Part 1) How does Mark end up racing one last time? How does this lead to his death? Might he have known that this was a risk he was taking? Why or why not?

Part 2) What does his death reveal about the sport of racing? How does it affect your view of this popular sport? What could be done to make this sport safer for those involved?

Part 3) Many forms of entertainment are dangerous for the performers/athletes. Are these activities worth the risks? Why or why not? Should it be legal to participate in these activities? Why or why not?

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