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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 ____________________ refers to something that moves incessantly but never gets anywhere.
2. _____________. of the seven people in Mukherjee's group continued at the clinic.
3. In ___________, the quest for the cure for cancer through the study of cancer biology underwent a drastic reorganization. Scientists returned to studying genes.
4. Atossa's War asks the reader to imagine what?
5. A "Risky prediction" is a term coined by who?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the Red Queen Syndrome?
2. Why was Phyllis Clauson at first not believed? Is this surprising? Why or why not?
3. Who were epidemiologists?
4. Why was the battle to attack pre-cancer versus full blown cancer significant?
5. What was the oncomouse? Was this successful? Why or why not?
6. What is meant by a "Risky Prediction?"
7. Mukherjee discusses the successes of others in this story. Why does he credit the survival of patients to the work of those in the 1950s and 1960s?
8. Who was George Papanicolaou? How was his work important?
9. What is the role of a clinician? What type of people are suited for this work?
10. What problems could arise with genetic engineering?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Mukherjee discusses the history of cancer.
Part 1) When was the finding and study of cancer first seen? How is this surprising? Why might knowledge and/or discussion of cancer stopped after this period of time? Did cancer still exist? Why or why not?
Part 2) What are two other times in history when the study of cancer took place? What did doctors and scientists know about cancer at that time? On what information was this knowledge based? How accurate was this knowledge?
Part 3) What is known about cancer today? How much of our knowledge today is based on previous knowledge? How important is cancer history to the study of cancer today? Why? How is history, in general, important to us today?
Essay Topic 3
Sidney Farber was the chief pathologist at Boston's Children's Hospital in the 1940s.
Part 1) How did he go about changing careers after nearly 20 years as a pathologist? Why did he decide to change professions? How different was his work when he changed professions?
Part 2) Did cancer research benefit from Farber changing careers? if so, how? If not, why not? What did he do for the study of cancer and specifically leukemia? Why might other doctor's have been skeptical at his work? What does this say about cancer and specifically leukemia?
Part 3) How has cancer been viewed throughout time? Has this view changed in modern times? If so, why? if not, why not? When you hear the word cancer, how do you feel? What do you associate with this word? Why?
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