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 speeds at Indianapolis are _________________ of all the tracks.

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

3. He writes about how his Penske team uses ________________ to create a new car, and that this race car does just fine in at least one race.

4. This chapter starts in the year ___________.

5. How often does Mark work on the race cars?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe Formula racing.

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

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

8. What happens when Mark is driving a car and the restrictions are removed? How important is the difference in speed? Why?

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

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

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

Loyalty causes problems for Mark and his team.

Part 1) To whom is Mark loyal? Why? How does this affect his racing? Overall, are these loyalties beneficial? Why or why not?

Part 2) Describe loyalties that athletes have today. Why do these loyalties exist? How do they affect an athlete's career? How do these loyalties compare to Mark's?

Part 3) To whom are you loyal? Why? How does this loyalty affect your life and the decisions you make in your life? Overall, do you see loyalties as good or bad? Why?

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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