The Unfair Advantage Test | Final Test - Hard

Mark Donohue
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. This chapter is dated ________________.

2. Does Mark feel that any of the fans have even the vaguest idea of what it is he is actually doing?

3. They are happy because they have satisfied ___________________ by winning the Fomula races with the Javelins.

4. Mark ends up in a car in which he says it is impossible to win. The cars doing well are over _____________ faster than his.

5. The McLaren is still only able to reach a maximum speed of ____________, whereas the Eagle cars are blowing them away, at 7mph faster.

Essay 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 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

Donohue builds a relationship with Flagl.

Part 1) Who is Flagl? How does Donohue meet Flagl? How do these two men begin a working relationship? Why does Flagl become so important to Mark?

Part 2) With who else does Mark build relationships throughout the course of his life? How do each of these individuals influence him as a driver, an engineer, and as a person?

Part 3) With whom do you have a good relationship? How did this relationship develop? How does this relationship influence your daily life? How different would your life be without this person in it?

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