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. The team uses a little trickery to throw off those who are not on the team. What is this trickery, regarding wings?

2. __________________ decides to make a big name for himself in racing, but he does not know much about how it actually works.

3. What color car does the driver want?

4. Mark Donahue explains that they reach a perfectly legitimate business deal. What does Mark think about this deal?

5. How does the Ferrari man feel about number 95?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What piece of hardware at the end of the book is discussed? What is said about this piece?

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

6. What is decided between Roger Penske and Chevrolet?

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

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

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

10. Why is the track at Indianapolis frustrating for Mark?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Race cars run on several different types of fuel.

Part 1) Describe these types of fuel. What are Mark's experiences regarding fuel types? Which might he prefer? Why?

Part 2) What other aspects of the automobile are significantly important to the outcome of a race? How are each of these parts of an automobile important?

Part 3) How is the type of fuel used in an automobile driven on the street an issue today? What research is being done regarding this fuel? Why? How might this affect racing?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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