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. There is a problem with the fire extinguishers, and what is the result?

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

3. It is normal for race cars to require what?

4. Is success as a driver extremely important to Mark?

5. This time, in the _______________, they find a way to make it so that they almost break one of the rules but somehow manage to make a wing-like adjustment to the car that will not actually break the rules.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Mark's disappointing performance. How does this become a positive situation?

2. What does Roger Penske think about the situation with American Motors? How does the situation with American Motors work out well for everyone involved?

3. How does the Penske team almost break one of the racing rules?

4. What fact is reiterated using Mark's difficulty at Indianapolis?

5. What takes place right after a victory?

6. Describe Mark's death.

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

8. Compare the Germans to the Americans.

9. How does the Penske team prepare for Formula One racing?

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

Mark stays loyal to McLaren.

Part 1) Why do Mark and the Penske team decide to work with McLaren? Describe the McLaren cars. Overall, are they of good quality and a good fit for the Penske team? Why or why not?

Part 2) Why does Mark stay with McLaren for a racing season, but have Roger Penske buy a new Eagle car from Dan Gurney? To what does this lead? How is this adjustment unusual? How effective is this adjustment? Explain.

Part 3) To whom are you loyal? Why are you loyal to this person, persons, or organization? How does this loyalty affect the decisions you make? Overall, do you see loyalty as a positive thing? Why or why not? Overall, does Mark's loyalty to various organizations throughout his life have a positive affect on his life? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

A disaster occurs in the Penske team's garage.

Part 1) Describe this accident. How does it affect the Penske team? How does Mark view this accident? What does this reveal about him?

Part 2) What other challenges and setbacks does the Penske team face throughout the book? How do they handle these challenges? What do they learn from these potentially negative situations? Overall, how is racing changed because of challenges faced by drivers and teams?

Part 3) What challenges or setbacks have you faced in your life? How did these affect you? What positive things came from these negative situations?

Essay Topic 3

The title of the book is The Unfair Advantage.

Part 1) To what does this pertain? How is this important throughout the book? When does Mark try to have an unfair advantage? Why?

Part 2) How is the unfair advantage tied to a rule of secrecy in racing? How is this secrecy both helpful and detrimental? Might racing be so secretive today? Why or why not?

Part 3) When have you acted secretive or unfairly? Why did you do this? What was the outcome? How does this compare to the actions of racing teams described in this book?

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