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. Are cars modified every season?

2. Mark Donohue is _____________ the Javelin race car.

3. Mark writes of qualifying a car for a race, and when he practices, he is _____________ near other cars.

4. What will Mark also be able to claim?

5. For the first time, Mark finds someone who finds the ________ of the car.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. How does Roger Penske upset the Ferrari man?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Mark retires.

Part 1) Describe his last race and his retirement party. What does this reveal about Mark, the people with whom he works, and his fans?

Part 2) How does Mark view himself regarding his career and fame prior to his retirement? How does this view change as he grows closer to retirement? Why does it change in this way? How do you believe his view of himself regarding his career and retirement compares to the views of other celebrities and athletes?

Part 3) Do you see retirement as difficult for the general population as well? Why or why not? Why do people see their careers as truly a part of who they are? How does retirement change this? Is this a good change? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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