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. 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.

2. In 1969, the New York Times published an open letter to ___________________ begging him to support cancer research.

3. Orman had cancer where?

4. William Stewart Halsted is known as the father of what?

5. Mukherjee begins to discuss the age of cancer, referring to the ancient discoveries of ___________ in 2625 B.C.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is meant by the "smiling oncologist?"

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

7. Who is Ben Orman? How is he significant to the study of cancer?

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

9. Describe the drug and cancer lists of Canellas and Frei. How is this significant?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Four and five drug combinations were tested with success.

Part 1) How did researchers begin to test combinations of four and five drugs? How did many of these combinations affect patients? How did these studies lead to success?

Part 2) How did these successes affect cancer patients? How did these studies also lead to the idea of the "smiling oncologist?" How did this type of doctor affect the mindset of a patient?

Part 3) Is there a need for such an oncologist? Is that type of attitude towards cancer necessary? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

In 1968, Farber celebrated the 21st anniversary of the Jimmy Fund.

Part 1) What was the Jimmy Fund? How was the fact it had celebrated its 21st anniversary important? Who was Jimmy? How is his life significant to the study of cancer?

Part 2) What is also significant about what is known about his reasons for survival? What does this also say about cancer and cancer research?

Part 3) What other celebrities are found in this book? Who became a celebrity because of cancer? Why? How did this affect cancer research and the public's support of cancer research? How are celebrities today still important to various medical organizations? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Farber created a society to raise funds for cancer research.

Part 1) Describe the work of this society. Who was involved? How did cancer research benefit from this society? What events led to changes in the work of this society?

Part 2) What other organizations are discussed in this book? How have they been important to the study of various diseases? At what times have these various organizations worked together? How did they benefit from these collaborations?

Part 3) If you were to join an organization, which one would you join? Why would you join this organization? In which ways could you help this organization raise funds?

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