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 is the population of Piedmont, Arizona?

2. What does Jagger show Manchek on a conference call?

3. What kind of theory did noted scholar, Alfred Pockran, have about national crises?

4. What briefing does Manchek think about when reviewing what Jagger has told him?

5. Why was Hall, a surgeon, chosen for the team?

Short Essay Questions

1. On level 1 what does Stone tell the men when he briefs them about the Wildfire lab?

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. Write about the narrator. What is his purpose? How is his purpose carried out?

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

9. Already, by chapter 4, the reader can tell this is a technical narrative. How does the author handle the technology?

10. Describe Major Arthur Manchek.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Dr. Hall. Would you like him if you met him? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

One theme explored in this book relates to the rising fear in the mid-twentieth century that mankind would become slaves to technology. Do you think this is possible? Why? Give examples of what you believe illustrates this fear. Do you believe you've become a slave to technology in your own life? How? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Leavitt discusses a machine invented to provide computerized physical exams. The machine is designed to replace doctors. How would you feel if such a machine existed? Describe a scene where you are being examined by a machine. How do you feel? How do you relate to the machine? Do you miss a flesh and blood physician? Would you trust a machine as your doctor? Why or why not?

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