Mutation Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robin Cook
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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 is security like at the lab?

2. How old is VJ at the beginning of Chapter 1?

3. What are the results of VJ's personality and skills tests?

4. Where did Victor isolate NGF from?

5. How were Mark, Maurice, and VJ conceived?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does William Hurst argue with Victor about?

2. What does VJ do at Victor's computer?

3. What is Marsha's attitude toward what she discovers Victor has done?

4. Describe the relationship between VJ and Philip.

5. What is the company's conflict with George Gephardt?

6. What does Victor see that he was doing on the day that the records show the missing files were deleted from his computer?

7. What does Marsha tell Victor about his race with VJ, and how does Victor react?

8. How does Sharon Carver try to get her job back?

9. What does VJ's preschool teacher say about him?

10. What does the baby do with the object it grabs when it is first born?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel Mutation addresses the ethics of scientific experimentation. Discuss this aspect of the novel.

1) What types of questionable ethical decisions does Victor make? What are the consequences of these decisions? What is Victor's point of view about the morality of his experimentation?

2) How does VJ approach ethical and moral questions? Does he consider ethics? Why or why not? What are his considerations when deciding what the right thing to do is?

3) What role does ethics and morality play in science in general in the novel? Do any scientists consider ethical questions?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the novel's portrayal of intelligence.

1) What does high intelligence change about a person? How does VJ's intelligence affect him? How are Maurice and Mark' affected by their genius-level intelligence?

2) How does low intelligence affect a person? Discuss the portrayal of Philip, who is mentally handicapped.

3) How are the characters with normal-range intelligence affected by their intellectual abilities?

Essay Topic 3

The novel chooses as its villain a ten-year-old boy, taking advantage of associations of youth with innocence and goodness. Discuss the associations of youth in the novel.

1) What assumptions do people make about VJ because of his age? How does VJ interpret and respond to these assumptions? How does he use them to his advantage?

2) How do Marsha and Victor perceive their son? Why are they seemingly slow to recognize VJ's true character and activities?

3) What does the reader associate with youth and children? How does the author use the reader's assumptions and associations to manipulate and attempt to trick the reader?

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