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. The parcel Farber was expecting contained aminopterin, a __________ crystalline chemical that Farber hoped could be used in deterring the growth of childhood leukemia.
(a) Blue.
(b) Yellow.
(c) Green.
(d) Red.

2. Dissenting voices began to be heard. How many major arguments existed?
(a) Three.
(b) Five.
(c) Four.
(d) Two.

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

4. Mukherjee begins to discuss the age of cancer, referring to the ancient discoveries of ___________ in 2625 B.C.
(a) Genghis Khan.
(b) Caesar Augustus.
(c) Cleopatra.
(d) Imhotep.

5. By the time Farber began his work in 1947, what had happened to the public outcry against cancer?
(a) It had lessened somewhat.
(b) It had just begun.
(c) It had all but silenced.
(d) It had grown.

6. __________ trial and error continued.
(a) No.
(b) Some.
(c) A great deal of.
(d) Very little.

7. In hypertrophy, the number of cells __________ change.
(a) Did.
(b) Did not.
(c) Sometimes did.
(d) Rarely did.

8. A final report from the panel agreed about what?
(a) That such an agency should be formed.
(b) That such a panel should not be formed.
(c) That such an organization would never work.
(d) That such a hospital is not cost-effective.

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

10. Robert would eventually die but he and many other patients had survived past the ______________ period. At the time, this was an eternity.
(a) One year.
(b) Nine month.
(c) Six month.
(d) Two year.

11. Who worked to keep cancer research out of trouble, and to do so he developed a consortium to keep doctors, scientists and health facilities from working at cross purposes?
(a) Gilbert Zweier.
(b) Gordon Zubord.
(c) George Zumba.
(d) Gerry Zelwegger.

12. Doctors began to experiment with using __________ drug combinations to combat cancer cells.
(a) Two.
(b) Four.
(c) Six.
(d) Eight.

13. Several months later Rudolf Virchow, a German researcher, published a case study strikingly similar to Bennett's case. How does Virchow argue with Bennett's theory?
(a) Blood cells could not multiply.
(b) Blood had no reason to transform itself into anything.
(c) Blood was not capable of transforming itself into anything.
(d) Red blood cells could not become white blood cells.

14. What is MOPP?
(a) A combination chemotherapy regimen.
(b) A simple surgery done for those with cancer.
(c) A radical surgery done for those with cancer.
(d) A tool used to clean the floor.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In the shadow of Albert's death, Mary Lasker's cancer campaign took on a _______________ tone.

2. Why does Mukherjee believe it is fortunate that Farber had not asked any of the pediatricians about creating an anti-leukemic drug?

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

4. _________ surgery was accelerated to superradical surgery.

5. Farber celebrated the successes as well as the ________ anniversary of the Jimmy Fund.

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