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. There are ______________ changes having to do with what will work with the Javelin race cars.

2. For how long has Mark Donohue been racing?

3. The main action in this chapter is that the Penske team decides to rebuild __________ engine.

4. Mark explains that when they build for long-distance races their primary concern is what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. Describe Mark prior to becoming a race car driver. How does he get into racing?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mark comes into contact with many other drivers.

Part 1) Name two of these drivers and describe them. How do they compare to Mark, as far as personality and driving record?

Part 2) Describe the relationships between the drivers. How might this compare to the relationships between athletes in other sports?

Part 3) How do other drivers factor into one's abilities on the race track? How does this parallel real life, outside of racing?

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

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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