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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. Gerard stops at a house in California where a boy is feeding what?

2. In Chicago, Dr. Martin Bennett gets a visit from a woman who claims to be his what?

3. Mark has never gotten over the sight of a _________ eating a turtle.

4. Alex steals a gun from whom?

5. Who is diagnosed with Vogelman's Paresis, a fatal condition?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain Dr. Bennett's predicament in this section and how you feel about it.

2. Explain the interactions between Stan Milgram and Gerard in this section and Stan's unusual reaction to Gerard.

3. Describe how Vasco Borden, the bounty hunter mentioned at the beginning of the book, is brought back in this section of the book.

4. How do Vasco and DOlly figure out where Alex has gone?

5. Rick Diehl's lawyers tell him that he owns the Burnet cell line, therefore he has a right to take it from any source. Since Frank Burnet's children and grandchildren have the same cells, they technically are in possession of stolen property. Do you agree with that assessment?

6. Explain how Bob Koch gets Alex's case straightened out.

7. How did Alex's father try to warn Alex of the situation and what objects did he send her to help?

8. In Paris, Barton Williams boards his private jet with Gerard in tow, a gift for his wife. However, Gerard talks so much, repeating the words of everyone on board, that Williams gives him to one of the stewardesses rather than take it home and listen to it talk all the time. The stewardess takes it to a pet shop in Shaker Heights and gives it to the guy behind the counter, Stan Milgram. How do you feel about the way Gerard is being passed about?

9. Explain the incident with the turtle and what it implies.

10. How is Brad Gordon's situation worsened, yet again, in this section of the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The topic of animal testing is a sensitive one.

Part 1: Do you condone animal testing? Why or why not?

Part 2: Does your opinion of animal testing depend on which animals are being tested? For example, do you consider testing on mice acceptible, but testing on dogs or cats deplorable? What are your reasons for those opinions?

Part 3: Over all, do you think animal testing is helpful or harmful, both in the book and in real life? Use examples from the book and from real life to back up your responses.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the book, Brad is used as a sort of means to an end. His uncle, Jack, is a major investor in BioGen, and, as a result, Brad is the security guard. Soon after Rick's car is stolen from the lot, though. Brad becomes the target of a setup. Answer the following questions about Brad:

1. What is the relationship between Brad and his uncle like? Does it change throughout the book? If so, in what way.

2. Using examples from the story, explain whether or not you feel that Brad was a mere puppet in the story or that he made conscious decisions that led him to each problem he encountered.

3. Do you feel that the story would have been jsut as good if Brad didn't exist in it? Why or why not?

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