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. When they arrive at Piedmont, what do Burton and Stone do first?

2. What is the population of Piedmont, Arizona?

3. In what configuration is the Wildfire lab built?

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

5. What is Burton and Stone's working hypothesis about the killer in Piedmont?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what the Wildfire lab looks like on first approach.

2. Write about the first pages of the book and what the author does to grab the reader's attention.

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

4. What were the two things Stone and Burton knew when they landed in Piedmont?

5. Why does Stone believe the Wildfire lab has "the capability to deal with an unknown biologic agent."?

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

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

8. How is Wildfire put into action by Manchek's phone call?

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

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

Do you think the Andromeda Strain was aimed at humans? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

Considering the technological advancements made in the past fifty years, why do you think there are people still starving in the world? Do you think better use could be made of the human mind than technological advances?

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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