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 did English biophysicist, J.J. Merrick, discuss at a biological symposium?

2. What brought about the first scientific crisis in history?

3. When the communication specialist checks the equipment, what does he find?

4. What does Private Crane do for Lt. Shawn?

5. How does Stone feel about Hall's appointment?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the two things Stone and Burton knew when they landed in Piedmont?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Science has the potential to empower or to enslave humanity. What do you think this means? How does it relate to life in the 21st century? How does it relate to your life?

Essay Topic 2

What do you think is the meaning of this phrase: "Especially in the United States, consumers decide what technology is worthy of purchase." How does your life illustrate that idea? Do you think the idea would be meaningless in a much more technologically-lower country? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Pretend that the Andromeda Strain was engineered by aliens and sent to earth. Why do you think aliens would do that?

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