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. Who do they find alive in the town?

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

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

4. When Dr. Stone hears of Merrick's theory what does he do?

5. What is Dr. Stone doing when the military shows up at his door?

Short Essay Questions

1. The author states his theme that crises are made up of human personalities. How does he introduce his characters?

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

3. Describe Major Arthur Manchek.

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

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

6. Write a description of Piedmont from Lieutenant Shawn's perspective looking from above.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the atmosphere inside the Wildfire lab. Did the men like each other? With the work they are doing does it matter if they like each other? How did they treat the staff? How did they feel about Wildfire?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Dr. Burton. Do you think he made too many mistakes to stay on the Wildfire team? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The folly of trusting automated processing above human supervision is first shown by the printer jam early in the book, and yet many of our systems, from communications to financial are automated or at least depend heavily upon computers and other machines. Do you think it's reasonable for humans to rely so heavily upon "machines?" Describe the advantages and disadvantages of such a dependence.

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