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 Donohue frequently acknowledges the help of whom?

2. What kind of racing is the answer to number 86?

3. Does Mark prefer to be alone?

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

5. What is Mark's funder's response regarding driving for another?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Mark asks for advice from other drivers? Why do they act this way?

2. What does Mark say about race cars in general? How does this lead to a reiteration of an important fact?

3. Describe Mark's death.

4. How does Roger Penske upset the Ferrari man?

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

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

7. How does Mark feel during this chapter? Why?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay 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

Mark drives a new car with an anti-skid system.

Part 1) Describe this car and its anti-skid system. How does Mark deal with this new system? What does he think about it? Why does he feel this way about it?

Part 2) What other innovations have been discussed throughout this book? How has Mark been affected by these innovations? Have they all been useful innovations? Why or why not?

Part 3) How much do you think racing has changed since this book was written? What changes might have taken place since the writing of this book? Why? How much might racing have changed in general since this book was written? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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