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

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

3. Where is Mission Control for Project Scoop located?

4. What do the officers give Stone when they get in the car?

5. What do the white spots on Jagger's film indicate?

Short Essay Questions

1. What decontamination processes do the men go through on Level 2, 3 and 4?

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

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

4. Describe Major Arthur Manchek.

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

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

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

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

9. What does Manchek do after reviewing the intelligence with Jagger?

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

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?

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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