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Multiple Choice Questions

1. When did George Cayley build the first successful model gliders?
(a) 1805.
(b) 1807.
(c) 1804.
(d) 1812.

2. What was Orville's contribution to the Wright brothers' duo?
(a) The mathematical skills.
(b) The enthusiasm.
(c) The mechanical skills.
(d) The vision.

3. In what state did the flight witnessed by Amos Root take place?
(a) Florida.
(b) Ohio.
(c) Maine.
(d) New York.

4. When did the Benedictine monk Eilmer live?
(a) 14th century.
(b) 12th century.
(c) 11th century.
(d) 13th century.

5. How long did the flight witnessed by Amos Root last?
(a) 2 minutes, 36 seconds.
(b) 3 minutes, 36 seconds.
(c) 1 minute, 36 seconds.
(d) 4 minutes, 36 seconds.

6. What was Samuel Langley the head of?
(a) The Smithsonian Insitution.
(b) The U.S. Post Office.
(c) The U.S. travel department.
(d) The US War Department.

7. How many basic requirements would a powered flying machine have based on the Wright's research?
(a) 9.
(b) 3.
(c) 5.
(d) 4.

8. What was Wilbur's contribution to the Wright brothers' duo?
(a) The mechanical skills.
(b) The enthusiasm.
(c) The vision.
(d) The mathematical skills.

9. How many years did Langley spend testing models before choosing a design?
(a) 11.
(b) 10.
(c) 13.
(d) 12.

10. When did Wilbur arrive in Kitty Hawk?
(a) September 3, 1900.
(b) September 23, 1900.
(c) September 30, 1900.
(d) September 13, 1900.

11. What were the two approaches to studying flight in the late 1800s?
(a) Mathematical models and real models.
(b) Models and flight using animals.
(c) Mathematical models and manned gliders.
(d) Models and manned gliders.

12. Who salvaged the Wrights brothers' kites?
(a) The postmaster.
(b) The store clerk.
(c) The town sheriff.
(d) A fisherman.

13. How long did the press say it would take for men to fly?
(a) 10 million years.
(b) 1 to 10 million years.
(c) 2 to 10 million years.
(d) 5 to 10 million years.

14. How was the Wrights' glider sent to Kitty Hawk?
(a) By horse carriage.
(b) By car.
(c) By train.
(d) By plane.

15. What did the monk, Eilmer, blame his crash on?
(a) Not having waited for good wind.
(b) Not having a tail.
(c) Not having used wax.
(d) Not using feather

Short Answer Questions

1. How much did the Smithsonian institution give Langley to continue his work on planes?

2. What did the Wright brothers use a tombstone for?

3. What are the wings in a plane used for?

4. What was the profession of the Wright's brothers' father?

5. Who did Root compare the Wright brothers to in his articles?

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