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 Project Wildfire?

2. What doesn't the government tell Stone about Scoop?

3. What does Dr. Hall think about the Wildfire project?

4. What is Lt. Shawn looking at with a pair of binoculars at the start of the book?

5. Why do the two men have radio-directional equipment on the van?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is Lieutenant Roger Shawn doing at the beginning of the book?

6. 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?

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

8. Describe what happens at Dr. Stone's house when he's called for Wildfire.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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