The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Siddhartha Mukherjee
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In 1973, Sidney Farber died from what?
(a) Colon cancer.
(b) Pneumonia.
(c) Cardiac arrest.
(d) Scarlet Fever.

2. Virchow began to notice uncontrolled growth of cells. Virchow referred to this as _____________ or distorted growth.
(a) Physioplasia.
(b) Neoplasia.
(c) Pseudoplasia.
(d) Alloplasia.

3. Every battle needs its iconic battleground, and one physical place epitomized the cancer wars of the late _________.
(a) 1960s.
(b) 1950s.
(c) 1970s.
(d) 1980s.

4. What was the argument regarding chemotherapy?
(a) It is the only way.
(b) It is painful.
(c) It is too dangerous.
(d) It cannot be the only way.

5. _________ surgery was accelerated to superradical surgery.
(a) Grand surgery.
(b) Simple surgery.
(c) Major surgery.
(d) Radical surgery.

6. Eventually, a panel was formed to investigate the possibility of creating what focused on battling cancer?
(a) A government agency.
(b) A panel of scientists and doctors.
(c) A public hospital.
(d) A private organization.

7. The author, Siddhartha Mukherjee, learned about Carla after she had checked into Massachusetts ______________ Hospital.
(a) Community.
(b) Local.
(c) General.
(d) Cancer.

8. Albert Lasker was diagnosed with colon cancer and eventually died. Farber was also diagnosed with a type of colon cancer but survived. The more personal brushes with cancer did what?
(a) Intimidated Farber and Lasker.
(b) Ended Farber and Lasker's campaigning.
(c) Surprised Farber and Lasker.
(d) Fueled the fire for Farber and Lasker.

9. This place was 'our __________________,' a chemotherapist recalls.
(a) Treasure trove.
(b) Hidden treasure.
(c) Trench and bunker.
(d) Hideout.

10. Why does Mukherjee believe it is fortunate that Farber had not asked any of the pediatricians about creating an anti-leukemic drug?
(a) They would have told Farber not to bother.
(b) They would have told Farber he was not experienced enough.
(c) They would have told Farber to involve them.
(d) They would have told Farber they were already researching an anti-leukemia drug.

11. Who led tests on intensive chemotherapy by using 4 drugs referred to as MOPP?
(a) Vincent DeVito.
(b) Vincent DeVeau.
(c) Vincent DeVita.
(d) Vincent DeVane.

12. The first VAMP trial was launched in ___________. The results were abysmal. Refinements showed progress and even success. However, the cost was quite high for the young patients.
(a) 1981.
(b) 1971.
(c) 1941.
(d) 1961.

13. The use of MOPP continued to be used in the treatment of what?
(a) Pneumonia.
(b) Breast cancer.
(c) Heart disease.
(d) Sarcoma.

14. Freireich was obsessed with continuing clinical trials. The combinations of drugs provided ______________ number of combinations.
(a) A great.
(b) A small.
(c) A limited.
(d) An infinite.

15. After much investigation Bennett discovered that the patient's blood had an extremely high level of what cells?
(a) Epithelial cells.
(b) Oxyphil cells.
(c) Red blood cells.
(d) White blood cells.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mukherjee updates Carla Reed's condition. What had happened so far?

2. William Stewart Halsted is known as the father of what?

3. Farber administered ______________ and was in wonder as Robert's disease went into remission almost immediately.

4. The researchers met with Howard Skipper, a "_______________" who had been injecting rodents with leukemic cells.

5. Some doctors believed that any form of this type of surgery yielded what?

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