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 Hall do about his appointment to Wildfire?

2. What is Dr. Burton's specialty ?

3. How does the information needed to contact Wildfire read?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

6. Write about the procedure the three planes used to look at and take pictures of Piedmont and the capability of the scavenger spy plane.

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

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

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

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

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

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 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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