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 handler offers Mark and the others a race. Is Mark interested?

2. Mark tells readers that he dislikes _______________ between himself and anyone else.

3. Why is there a serious debate about which type of tires to use in a given race?

4. Why does the answer to number 28 come as a bit of a shock?

5. Roger Penske always makes sure that Sunoco-Sun Oil Company has what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What trickery does the team use to throw off those who are not on the team?

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

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

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

8. What does Mark reveal about himself during this chapter?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the early 1970s, Roger Penske has a meeting with the American Motors people.

Part 1) Describe the reason for this meeting. How does Mark feel about this meeting? Why? How does this meeting affect Penske's racing team? How does it affect Mark specifically?

Part 2) What other changes take place within the Penske racing team over the years during which Mark is a driver? Why do these changes take place? How do these changes affect the Penske team?

Part 3) Do changes like these take place in other sports and forms of entertainment? If so, how and why? If not, why not? How do changes affect fans and the sport's image?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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