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

2. In 1969, the New York Times published an open letter to ___________________ begging him to support cancer research.
(a) Jimmy Carter.
(b) Richard Nixon.
(c) Dwight D. Eisenhower.
(d) John F. Kennedy.

3. William Stewart Halsted is known as the father of what?
(a) Radiology.
(b) Radical surgery.
(c) Lymphoma.
(d) Chemotherapy.

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

5. What is counting?
(a) Measuring cancer.
(b) Distinguishing the dangers of a specific type of cancer.
(c) Studying cancer cell growth.
(d) Counting cancer cells.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Hyperplasia was what?

3. In 1937 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the ________________ Act.

4. VAMP is a _________ drug combination that was proposed for cancer treatment. Frei, Freireich and Skipper believed that the combination would prove to be the answer they were looking for, yet when Frei proposed it to Zubrod, the man was stunned.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Min Chiu Li's work. Why did others believe further treatment was not necessary?

2. On what two fundamental tenets is biology based? Explain these tenets.

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

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

5. What were the problems with VAMP? How might these be corrected?

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

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

8. Why did Sidney Farber change professions? How might this have been a somewhat difficult adjustment?

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

10. How was the chemotherapy ward a battle ground in the 1970s?

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