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 think about the Wildfire project?

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

3. What does Lt. Comroe at mission control do when told about the bodies?

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

5. What is Project Wildfire?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Andromeda infect the town of Piedmont?

2. What does Hall find out about the Andromeda Strain when he wakens?

3. What kinds of animals are used in research? What do various animals do best? Why is the Black Norway Rat used most often in scientific experiments?

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

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

6. After knowing about the baby's blood pH and Jackson's blood pH, what does Hall figure out?

7. What does Hall realize about Andromeda when thinking about Jackson's acidosis?

8. Describe Hall's efforts to turn off the self-destruct.

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

10. The scientist are not bad men. It would be easy to see them that way. How does the narrator see them? Or the reader?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In this book the government had several "top secret" projects of which few of its citizens were knowledgeable. Do you think this is okay for the government to do? Do you believe that the government should keep secrets from the people? Why or why not? Do you think the government should have first access to all technology? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

When considering all the technology in this book, do you believe humans are ready to have such technology? Do you think humans are civilized enough to go into space? Why do you think we have not flown people to another planet yet?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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