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. For the first time ever in Mark's professional racing career, it turns out that it is wrong to use _____________ differentials in his race car.

2. Mark comes out of retirement to drive in a race. What happens?

3. Roger Penske offers Mark a salaried _____________ position.

4. The Penske team presently has ___________ different cars running in NASCAR, Can-Am and USAC style races for the season.

5. Right after a victory, the Porsche people offer the Penske people the opportunity to run a brand new type of Porsche ______ designed for racing conditions.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Compare the Germans to the Americans.

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

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

5. What does Roger Penske offer Mark? What does he think about this?

6. How does Mark find a winning car for Indianapolis?

7. What does Mark say about fame and success?

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

9. For whom is this book good? Why?

10. Overall, what does Donohue think about his trip to Germany?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In 1963, Donohue has only been racing for three years.

Part 1) Describe his experiences at this point as a driver. How do these experiences affect him? Why does he consider being just a "normal engineer?"

Part 2) What causes Donohue to stick with racing? What does this conviction and desire reveal about him?

Part 3) Based on this information regarding racing in the early 1960s, how much has racing, as well as automobile engineering in general, changed over time?

Essay Topic 2

Mark comes into contact with many other drivers.

Part 1) Name two of these drivers and describe them. How do they compare to Mark, as far as personality and driving record?

Part 2) Describe the relationships between the drivers. How might this compare to the relationships between athletes in other sports?

Part 3) How do other drivers factor into one's abilities on the race track? How does this parallel real life, outside of racing?

Essay Topic 3

Mark dislikes leaving bad feelings between himself and anyone else.

Part 1) Why does he reveal this about himself? What example is given regarding a time when he is not given a chance to work out problems with someone else?

Part 2) Why is this attitude regarding relationships important in racing? Do you see it as being more important in racing than in other fields? Why or why not?

Part 3) How does this foreshadow events to come in Mark's life? What might you learn from this attitude of Mark's regarding others?

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