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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. A lot of race cars do not run on what fuel?
2. Sunoco is interested in Formula A racing, partly because of what reason?
3. Is Mark getting worse at racing?
4. What is one reason why the other drivers respond the way they do in number 139?
5. Mark is shocked when what is offered to them?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Mark's initial reaction in Germany? How does Roger feel at first?
2. Describe Mark's death.
3. Describe Mark's disappointing performance. How does this become a positive situation?
4. What happens when Mark asks for advice from other drivers? Why do they act this way?
5. What does Mark say about race cars in general? How does this lead to a reiteration of an important fact?
6. What does Roger Penske offer Mark? What does he think about this?
7. Describe the disaster in the garage. What does Mark think about this accident?
8. What takes place right after a victory?
9. Describe Mark's experience with NASCAR. What does he learn from this experience?
10. What do Roger Penske and Mark Donohue have in common?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Mark has a difficult time with a car he races at Indy.
Part 1) What does Mark imply regarding these difficulties? How does this reiterate the importance of both the car and driver when racing well? What does this period of time reveal about Mark?
Part 2) How does Mark handle these difficulties? How does this lead to more difficulties? Why? What does this reveal about race car drivers?
Part 3) What are your own weaknesses? How do you deal with these weaknesses? Have others been able to help you? If so, how? If not, why not? How do your own weaknesses compare to Mark's?
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