Apollo 13 Listening Comprehension Test

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Apollo 13 Listening Comprehension Test

This is a test based on the movie and associated with the California English Language Development Listening standard - The student will listen attentively to stories/information and identify key details and concepts using both verbal and non-verbal responses. If you are taking this test for Mrs. West's class, please put your student ID in with your last name & period:Example - 123456WEST6This indicates a student with the student ID # of 123456, last name of West in period 6 took this test.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What are the names of the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) and Command Module on the Apollo 13 mission? (Choose 2)
    • A. 

      Aquarius

    • B. 

      Odyssey

    • C. 

      Olympiad

    • D. 

      Apollo

    • E. 

      Genesis

  • 2. 
    Which major historical space event preceded Apollo 13 approximately a year before? (Choose 1)
    • A. 

      Gene Kranz manned the Lunar Excursion Module in the spring of 1970

    • B. 

      Ken Mattingly flew on the Apollo 12 mission in 1963.

    • C. 

      Neil Armstrong walked on the moon in 1969.

    • D. 

      Jim Swigert was unable to fly on the mission because he got the measles.

    • E. 

      Jim Haise walked on the moon in 1970.

  • 3. 
    How does the story of Apollo 13 relate to our theme, "Striving for Success"? (Choose 3)
    • A. 

      Over a thousand people worked to bring the astronauts home safely.

    • B. 

      As Gene Krantz, the head of mission control, said, this was NASA's "finest moment".

    • C. 

      The LEM was able to land on the moon, even though the command module was not.

    • D. 

      Few people were killed in the explosion in space.

    • E. 

      Apollo 13 was called a "successful failure" because they did not complete their mission, yet the astronauts all made it home safely.

  • 4. 
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which is the government agency responsible for all space exploration, is commonly known as ______________.
  • 5. 
    True or False: The Apollo 13 mission was challenged with many factors including a shortage of electrical power and breathable air.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    What is a NASA/military way of saying  “okay?"
  • 7. 
    What is the NASA/military way of saying  “please wait a moment?”
  • 8. 
    True or False:  Mission Control is located in space. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    One of the most famous lines from the actual Apollo 13 mission as shown in the movie was "Houston, we've got a problem." This was said shortly following the system breakdown when multiple master alarms were going off and the astronauts began to lose oxygen.  Now, people use that phrase to mean what? (Choose 1)
    • A. 

      This phrase is used to indicate that we should go to Houston to visit the NASA mission control to know what it was really like then.

    • B. 

      It is used to say that NASA is experiencing another major problem with a ship.

    • C. 

      It is said when bad weather is in the forecast.

    • D. 

      People say this when they want to communicate that there is some major problem occurring.

    • E. 

      It is said when a person wants to watch a movie.

  • 10. 
    The entire mission took place over the course of how long? (Choose 1)
    • A. 

      A month.

    • B. 

      2 weeks.

    • C. 

      Less than a week.

    • D. 

      Approximately one day.

    • E. 

      Only a few hours.

  • 11. 
    True or False - Mt. Marilyn is a mountain range in Wyoming that is named after the wife of astronaut, Jim Lovell.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    What caused the mission to fail? (Choose 1)
    • A. 

      A damaged coil caused an explosion in one of the oxygen tanks during a routine procedure.

    • B. 

      One of the astronauts, Fred Haise, because very ill.

    • C. 

      Their heating unit was damaged and they were too cold.

    • D. 

      They ran out of oxygen in the Command Module.

    • E. 

      The LEM was unable to support all three astronauts.

  • 13. 
    True or False:  Apollo 13 is only a fictional account of what could happen on a space mission.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    True or False: Ken Mattingly did not want to help the astronauts because the flight surgeon prevented him from flying on Apollo 13.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    Who flew on the Apollo 13 mission? (Choose all that are appropriate)
    • A. 

      Jim Lovell

    • B. 

      Tom Hanks

    • C. 

      Fred Haise

    • D. 

      Jack Swigert

    • E. 

      Ken Mattingly

  • 16. 
    True or False:  When the astronauts re-entered the atmosphere, they normally "go dark," which means they are unable to communicate, for several minutes.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    True or False: NASA engineers had to figure out a way to filter the air out so they wouldn't suffer from carbon dioxide poisoning.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    Just before the mission launch, the astronauts were allowed to see their families from across a road but not close enough to touch.  Choose the response that best explains this.
    • A. 

      NASA was afraid the astronauts might change their mind about going on such a dangerous mission if they could spend too much time with their families.

    • B. 

      NASA did not want to risk the astronauts getting sick.

    • C. 

      There was a chance of something illegal being smuggled onto the rocket and put the mission at risk.

    • D. 

      One of the astronauts did not have any family to speak of and NASA did not want him to feel bad.

  • 19. 
    True or False:  None of the astronauts who flew on Apollo 13 ever went into space again.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    True or False:  Reporters and news agencies followed the Apollo 13 mission closely from the moment they took off until they returned home safely.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False