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

Siddhartha Mukherjee
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. MOPP caused what?
(a) Weight loss.
(b) Sterility.
(c) Hair loss and weight gain.
(d) Severe nausea plus untold long term effects.

2. What does Cole say this theorist lacked?
(a) The case studies to support his claims.
(b) The right tools to achieve his goals and to execute the procedure correctly.
(c) The research to back up his claims.
(d) The intelligence to achieve his goals and to execute the procedure correctly.

3. The researchers met with Howard Skipper, a "_______________" who had been injecting rodents with leukemic cells.
(a) Mouse doctor.
(b) People's doctor.
(c) Cat doctor.
(d) Children's doctor.

4. Mukherjee explains that biology is based on how many fundamental tenets?
(a) Four.
(b) Six.
(c) Eight.
(d) Two.

5. In ___________, George Canellas and Tom Frei spent time in the lab matching various drugs to various cancers. Included on the drug list were cytotoxic drugs cytoxan, vincristine, procarabazine, and methotrexate.
(a) 1973.
(b) 1943.
(c) 1953.
(d) 1963.

Short Answer Questions

1. By 1950 more than ___________ of the medicines that were in common use had not existed a decade earlier.

2. Cole believed that surgery was often what?

3. The parcel Farber was expecting contained aminopterin, a __________ crystalline chemical that Farber hoped could be used in deterring the growth of childhood leukemia.

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

5. In 1968, there were noteworthy successes where?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Farber fortunate to have lived in the right time, and also died at the right time?

2. What are the two schools of thought regarding surgery? Why was this such a problem?

3. How could this battle regarding surgery be ended?

4. How was this letter to Richard Nixon significant at the time?

5. What is VAMP? What about this might have surprised Zubrod?

6. Why did breast cancer clinical trials last ten years? How could these trials have been run better?

7. What did FDR do to fight cancer? What caused support of cancer research to wane? Why?

8. What important drugs came out in the 1940s and 1950s? How are these important to us today?

9. Why was John Bennett wrong?

10. How is cancer a total disease? How is this important?

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