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. What was the problem with the type of oncologist described in number 77?
(a) He had no bedside manner.
(b) He was not well-educated.
(c) He had no real interest in knowing how sick the patients became from treatment.
(d) He enjoyed making his patients sick.

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

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

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

5. One patient commented that she was tired of the ________________.
(a) Rude oncologist.
(b) Happy oncologist.
(c) Dumb oncologist.
(d) Smiling oncologist.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mukherjee met with Carla. They discussed the survival rate of leukemia. At one time, there was almost no chance that Carla could have been able to survive the onset of the leukemia. With the advent of modern medicine and new treatments, Carla had a ______ chance of surviving the disease.

2. Farber was determined to make people understand what?

3. Although Farber was the chief pathologist at Children's Hospital, how had he become tired of his work?

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

5. The first official naming of cancer took place around 400 B.C. Hippocrates referred to it as "karkinos," the Greek word for _________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Bennett's patient. How was John Bennett's diagnosis logical?

3. Choose a period of history that is significant to cancer research. How is this significant?

4. How could this battle regarding surgery be ended?

5. What symptoms led to Carla Reed learning she had leukemia?

6. What did Moya Cole think of Halsted's theories? Why?

7. How is the 21st anniversary of the Jimmy Fund significant?

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

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

10. What were the two major arguments regarding current cancer treatments? Why?

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