The Unfair Advantage Test | Final Test - Hard

Mark Donohue
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Do the race cars arrive already built?

2. Do the cars require a lot of development after arriving?

3. They spend ______________ getting to know the car and how it works and why it has the problems it has.

4. 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.

5. Their experience at Indianapolis proves ________________.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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