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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. Henry infused his DNA with that of a what?

2. Tom gets a call that what relative of his has died?

3. Who is Brad the nephew of?

4. The parrot repeats a discussion he heard between Bond and whom?

5. Who is recruited to contaminate the Burnet cell line?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Jack Watson's role in the prologue and what it could mean to the rest of the story.

2. How does a previous incident with Brad come up in this section?

3. How does BioGen try to discredit Frank?

4. Brad Gordon is the inept security guard at BioGen. He only has the job because his uncle is Jack Watson, an investor in the company. Do you agree with Brad being given the job at BioGen or relatives being given jobs, in general, in real life?

5. Based on information int his section, what sort of person is Emily Weller?

6. Explain the results of the meeting between Alex, Frank and the university lawyers. Do you agree or disagree with the lawyers and why?

7. Describe Josh's brother, Adam.

8. Explain Alex Burnet's feelings about the court case against her father.

9. Do you agree with Josh's attitude when Adam inhales the retrovirus? Why or why not?

10. Brad Gordon is visited by a beautiful woman who reminds him how helpful his uncle has always been to him. To pay him back, the woman instructs Brad to contaminate the Burnet cell line at BioGen. Brad agrees. What further insight does that give into Brad's character?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the characters evolve throughout the story. Choose any one of the following characters and discuss the major events and changes they went through, as the story progressed.

Robert Bellarmino


Marty Roberts




Essay Topic 2

One of the big conflicts in the book is whether or not Frank has ownership of his own cells.

Part 1: Who do you feel owns the cells harvested from Frank's body and why?

Part 2: Would your opinion be different if Frank had known his cells were being harvested ahead of time? Why or why not?

Part 3: Even if Frank does not own his own cells, do you feel that his daughter, Alex and her son, Jamie are in possession of stolen cells, since they share DNA with Frank? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

A central topic of the book is animal experimentation. Answer the following questions comparing Gerard's case to Dave's:

1. Since breeding a chimpanzee with a man can be potentially dangerous, do you feel that Henry should not have experimented with an embryo to create Dave? Why or why not?

2. Since giving Gerard, a parrot, super intelligence does not seem outwardly dangerous, does that make his case more acceptable than Dave's? Use several examples from the story and real life to explain your opinion.

3. Do you feel that Gerard, Dave, neither or both should be considered property? Does heightened intelligence automatically indicate that they should be considered intelligent beings in charge of their own lives, or are they property, since they were the result of lab experiments?

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