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. How does the President respond to Stone's request for a directive 7-12?

2. What is Project Wildfire?

3. How does Burton appear to Stone?

4. What is Caper One?

5. What does Dr. Stone tell his wife as he leaves?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is uncontrolled bacterial growth is a frightening concept?

2. What do the x-ray crystallography results show about Andromeda?

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

4. What do you think Dr. Stone represents in this book?

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

6. Leavitt has a dream about a house. When he wakens he believes it has an answer to Andromeda. Describe the dream and his thoughts and reactions to the dream.

7. What is Jagger's job and what does he say about the reconnoiter photos and what they show.

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

9. When Hall realizes why Jackson is alive, what does he figure out about the baby?

10. What does Stone tell Hall as they discuss how many seconds was left on the self-destruct?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 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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