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

Siddhartha Mukherjee
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Virchow began to notice uncontrolled growth of cells. Virchow referred to this as _____________ or distorted growth.

2. Mukherjee was one of ____________ cancer fellows at the hospital involved in an immersive training program. Mukherjee describes the immersive training program as being so intensive that nothing outside of the hospital exists for the trainees. Residents eat, sleep and breathe medicine.

3. Robert would eventually die but he and many other patients had survived past the ______________ period. At the time, this was an eternity.

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

5. 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.

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the significance of using MOPP in the treatment of breast cancer?

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

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

4. How does chemotherapy reverse Paracelsus' belief about poison and drugs?

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

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

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

8. Describe Farber's society. How was it successful?

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

10. Why was John Bennett wrong?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The late 1940s and 1950s brought the world a great number of new pharmaceuticals.

Part 1) What are four of these pharmaceuticals? What is the purpose of these pharmaceuticals? How is this growth in medicine significant?

Part 2) How have we been affected by these new pharmaceuticals? How different would the field of medicine be today if it were not for these new medicines?

Part 3) What problems have these new medicines caused? What issues must we now deal with in which these new types of medicine are at least partially to blame? How might these problems change the world of medicine yet again?

Essay Topic 2

Disagreement arises regarding radical surgery, simple surgery, and other methods of removing cancer.

Part 1) What is radical surgery? What are the various opinions of radical surgery? How does this compare to simple surgery? What are other methods used to remove cancer?

Part 2) What study must be done to see which method is the best for removing breast cancer? Why does this turn out to be a difficult and long-lasting study? How can you sympathize with the people involved in this study?

Part 3) Might there have been a faster, more effective trial that could have tested these various methods? If so, what would it be? If not, why not? What do you know about breast cancer today? How is it often dealt with? Which of these methods are still used? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Cancer is not the only disease discussed in this book.

Part 1) What are two other diseases discussed in this book? Describe these two diseases. What is the purpose of having these diseases discussed in this book?

Part 2) How do these diseases compare to cancer? Which disease do you find to be the most threatening to the American people? Why?

Part 3) What similarities can be found among various diseases including all that are discussed in this book? How is this important?

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