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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. When Mark asks other drivers about the troubles he is having, how do the others respond?
2. While the engineers are repairing a car, what happens in the garage?
3. A lot of race cars do not run on what fuel?
4. Mark finishes _______ and is mocked by another driver.
5. Mark is shocked when what is offered to them?
Short Essay Questions
1. What fact is reiterated using Mark's difficulty at Indianapolis?
2. What does Mark say about race cars in general? How does this lead to a reiteration of an important fact?
3. Describe Mark's death.
4. What does Mark say about fame and success?
5. Describe Mark's retirement.
6. What takes place right after a victory?
7. What happens when Mark asks for advice from other drivers? Why do they act this way?
8. Do you believe that teams should be allowed to almost break the rules? Why or why not?
9. How does Mark find a winning car for Indianapolis?
10. Compare the Germans to the Americans.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Race cars run on several different types of fuel.
Part 1) Describe these types of fuel. What are Mark's experiences regarding fuel types? Which might he prefer? Why?
Part 2) What other aspects of the automobile are significantly important to the outcome of a race? How are each of these parts of an automobile important?
Part 3) How is the type of fuel used in an automobile driven on the street an issue today? What research is being done regarding this fuel? Why? How might this affect racing?
Essay Topic 2
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
Mark drives a new car with an anti-skid system.
Part 1) Describe this car and its anti-skid system. How does Mark deal with this new system? What does he think about it? Why does he feel this way about it?
Part 2) What other innovations have been discussed throughout this book? How has Mark been affected by these innovations? Have they all been useful innovations? Why or why not?
Part 3) How much do you think racing has changed since this book was written? What changes might have taken place since the writing of this book? Why? How much might racing have changed in general since this book was written? Why?
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