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. The Europeans do not realize that the Americans are used to having who drive the race cars?

2. Mark feels maybe this accident is for the best. Why?

3. 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.

4. How does Mark feel about his last year as a race car driver?

5. How does Mark describe the Europeans?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Mark learn about himself after retirement?

3. Describe Mark's death.

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

5. How is this book important to race car enthusiasts?

6. What takes place right after a victory?

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

8. What does Mark say about fame and success?

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

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

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

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 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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