The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer Test | Final 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. At the clinic they would run clinical trials and focus on what?

2. Mukherjee discusses a new drug for the treatment of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). _________________ seemed to be the right drug to conquer CML.

3. People began to talk about _________________ and did not want to wait for the trials to be completed or for the FDA to approve the new treatment.

4. How was Carla at this time?

5. Atossa's War asks the reader to imagine what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Carla say she survived? Is this valid? Why or why not?

2. Who were virologists?

3. What is meant by a "Risky Prediction?"

4. What was STAMP? How did this bring hope to those who suffered from cancer?

5. Who were the successors of Theodor Boveri?

6. What are the similarities between AIDS and cancer? Is this important? Why or why not?

7. What is the role of a laboratory scientist? What type of people are suited for this work?

8. Why did the author end the book with Germaine's story? Is this a good ending? Why or why not?

9. How did the quest for the cure for cancer undergo a drastic reorganization in 1976?

10. Who was Oscar Auerbach? What role did he play in connecting lung cancer to tobacco? Was he a good choice? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It was once said that all drugs are poison.

Part 1) Why was this believed by Paracelsus? Would you agree? Why or why not? Would most doctors today agree with you? Why or why not?

Part 2) How is this statement flipped with discussing cancer? What does this reveal about cancer research throughout time? What does this say about the dangers of cancer research?

Part 3) Do you believe that this can still be said about cancer research today? Is it as experimental as it once was? Why or why not? Would you have participated in these experimental trials? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Mukherjee explains that biology is based on two fundamental tenets.

Part 1) What are those tenets? What leads him to discuss these tenets? How are they important to biology as well as to the study of and battle against cancer?

Part 2) For how long have these tenets been an important focus in the study of cancer? How has cancer research changed over time based on these tenets? Has the fight against cancer been more successful with the knowledge of these tenets? Why or why not?

Part 3) If these tenets are true, how does one get cancer? Why has a cure for all cancers not been found? Why do not all treatments for a type of cancer work 100 percent of the time? What does this say about cancer?

Essay Topic 3

Carla Reed was a thirty year old kindergarten teacher who had leukemia.

Part 1) What were her symptoms? Why did it take so long to determine that she had leukemia? How did this lead to her meeting Siddhartha Mukherjee?

Part 2) Describe Mukherjee's experiences with Carla. How was she treated for leukemia? What were the results of her treatment? Why was she such an important part of this book? What purpose did her story serve throughout this book?

Part 3) How did Carla's story affect you? What do you now know about cancer and/or leukemia that you did not know prior to hearing Carla's story? How does this affect your opinion of those who suffer from cancer?

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