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. What car do they use to try out in a new racing venue?

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

3. Who is the main competitor at this time?

4. ___________________ is one of the top drivers at the time.

5. The answer to number 86 brings out what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Mark's experience with NASCAR. What does he learn from this experience?

3. Compare the Germans to the Americans.

4. What is Mark's initial reaction in Germany? How does Roger feel at first?

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

6. What does Roger Penske think about the situation with American Motors? How does the situation with American Motors work out well for everyone involved?

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

8. Do you believe that teams should be allowed to almost break the rules? Why or why not?

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

10. What fact is reiterated using Mark's difficulty at Indianapolis?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Penske team enters Formula One racing.

Part 1) What is Formula One racing? Why is Roger Penske interested in Formula One? How does he begin preparations for his team entering this racing league? Are they adequately prepared? Explain.

Part 2) How do both Formula A and racing at Indianapolis help the Penske team prepare for Formula One? How is the opening at Watkins Glen also important? What does all this information reveal about racing leagues and strategies?

Part 3) Mark frequently discusses the differences between the various racing leagues. In what leagues does he race? Why does he race in them? What are the similarities and differences between these leagues? What does Mark learn from variations in each of them?

Essay Topic 2

Mark has a difficult time with a car he races at Indy.

Part 1) What does Mark imply regarding these difficulties? How does this reiterate the importance of both the car and driver when racing well? What does this period of time reveal about Mark?

Part 2) How does Mark handle these difficulties? How does this lead to more difficulties? Why? What does this reveal about race car drivers?

Part 3) What are your own weaknesses? How do you deal with these weaknesses? Have others been able to help you? If so, how? If not, why not? How do your own weaknesses compare to Mark's?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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