The Unfair Advantage Test | Final 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 manages to place at the finish in some cases, by doing what?

2. Mark knows he wants to leave racing before what?

3. One feature of Roger Penske and also of Mark Donohue is that, despite all their speed, they actually do what?

4. Do all drivers have the ability to overcome every challenge that a given race car can pose?

5. Roger says yes, but only after _________________ of consideration and a modification of the plans of how they will do it.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Mark's experience with NASCAR. What does he learn from this experience?

2. What do Roger Penske and Mark Donohue have in common?

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

4. For whom is this book good? Why?

5. What does Mark learn about himself after retirement?

6. What does Mark say about fame and success?

7. What is Mark's initial reaction in Germany? How does Roger feel at first?

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

9. Describe the disaster in the garage. What does Mark think about this accident?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Race cars need modifications and adjustments.

Part 1) Describe two of Mark's cars and the adjustments made. Explain what the reader can learn about racing and engineering from Mark's descriptions of these adjustments?

Part 2) What else do all race cars have in common? Why do they often not last long? Can this be remedied? If so, how? If not, why not?

Part 3) How are race car drivers and their teams affected by these facts about race cars? Do you believe racing has changed much since Mark's years as a driver? If so, how? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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