The Andromeda Strain Test | Final 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 the Wildfire team believe about the origin of the Scoop contamination?

2. What will Hall wear to examine the two survivors of Piedmont?

3. What does Hall find out about Andromeda from the Ph level report?

4. On what former scientific belief did Leavitt base his rule of 48?

5. If one cell of E. coli could produce a supercolony equal in size and weight to the planet, why doesn't that happen?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hall finally find out about Leavitt's epilepsy and what does he do about it?

2. Describe the study Leavitt uses as the basis for his rule of 48.

3. What is the real mission of Scoop? What do the scientist do when they find out?

4. What do you think Montaigne meant by the quote "Men under stress are fools, and fool themselves." in relationship to the behavior of the men at Wildfire?

5. How did the Scoop satellite end up on earth? What do the scientist think?

6. Write about some of the mistakes the scientists made when dealing with Andromeda.

7. What did Manchek find about the wreck of the plane?

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

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

10. Write about the men of Wildfire and their motivations for finding the cure for Wildfire.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When considering all the technology in this book, do you believe humans are ready to have such technology? Do you think humans are civilized enough to go into space? Why do you think we have not flown people to another planet yet?

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

Describe Dr. Leavitt. Did you like him? Does he remind you of anyone you know? Why or why not?

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