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

2. Mark Donohue is _____________ the Javelin race car.

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

4. What happens when Mark's vehicle has a problem with the chassis?

5. The featured piece of hardware in this part of the book is what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who is Dan Gurney? How does a race with Dan affect Mark? Why?

4. What is the first important lesson Mark Donohue learns about racing?

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In 1963, Donohue has only been racing for three years.

Part 1) Describe his experiences at this point as a driver. How do these experiences affect him? Why does he consider being just a "normal engineer?"

Part 2) What causes Donohue to stick with racing? What does this conviction and desire reveal about him?

Part 3) Based on this information regarding racing in the early 1960s, how much has racing, as well as automobile engineering in general, changed over time?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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