The Andromeda Strain Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does Dr. Hall notice about Dr. Leavitt as they get in the sedan that was sent for them?

2. How does Manchek contact Wildfire?

3. What's the last thing Lt. Comcoe hears from the radio?

4. What does Dr. Stone tell his wife as he leaves?

5. How does Burton appear to Stone?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Dr. Burton as he rides in the helicopter with Dr. Stone going to Piedmont. Tell a little of his background in science.

2. Explain why the government agreed to extend funds and build Wildfire?

3. In Chapter 3, the narrator discusses the nature of crisis from a historical perspective. What does he have to say about the nature of crisis?

4. What are the protocols Leavitt personally put into place for Wildfire?

5. What decontamination processes do the men go through on Level 2, 3 and 4?

6. Write about the procedure the three planes used to look at and take pictures of Piedmont and the capability of the scavenger spy plane.

7. Describe the chain of events, in Stone's mind that has lead up to project Wildfire.

8. What does Manchek do after reviewing the intelligence with Jagger?

9. What is it about the narration, the characters and the plot thus revealed that makes you want to read further?

10. Describe the Odd Man Hypothesis. Do you think it's a good idea?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Dr. Leavitt. Did you like him? Does he remind you of anyone you know? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

What do you think is the meaning of this phrase: "Especially in the United States, consumers decide what technology is worthy of purchase." How does your life illustrate that idea? Do you think the idea would be meaningless in a much more technologically-lower country? Why?

Essay Topic 3

The reader can hardly miss the irony that the government spent $22 million building a laboratory designed to protect humanity against the very biological weapons the government spent even more money importing from outer space. Do you believe the government has the right to develop any kind of weapon it can conceive? Do you believe there is a limit to what the military of one country can do to another? Who do you think should control that? What do you believe are the limits? What types of weapons do you think the government might be working on that you think should never be manufactured? Why?

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