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 Burton and Stone's working hypothesis about the killer in Piedmont?

3. What does the narrator say about Lieutenant Shawn's life?

4. What were the first two scientific crises in history?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Major Arthur Manchek.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In this book the government had several "top secret" projects of which few of its citizens were knowledgeable. Do you think this is okay for the government to do? Do you believe that the government should keep secrets from the people? Why or why not? Do you think the government should have first access to all technology? Why or why not?

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

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?

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