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

2. What is STAMP?

3. In 1961 the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the __________________________ wrote a letter to President John F. Kennedy, asking for help in fighting cancer.

4. When was this cancer discovered?

5. Kennedy assigned the job to whom?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are two reasons why studies into the connection between lung cancer and tobacco were inconclusive?

3. Who were virologists?

4. What was the oncomouse? Was this successful? Why or why not?

5. Why was the battle to attack pre-cancer versus full blown cancer significant?

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

7. Who were epidemiologists?

8. What problems could arise with genetic engineering?

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

10. How did the discovery of scrotal cancer help children?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Mukherjee ends the book with the tale of Germaine.

Part 1) What is this tale? Who was Germaine? How is this story important to the book? Why might the author end with this story?

Part 2) What does this story say about the author's view of cancer? Is he as optimistic as James Watson? Why or why not?

Part 3) Do you agree with the author's view of cancer? Why or why not? How does this ending affect your feelings towards this book? How does this affect the ultimate mood of the book? Was this a good way to end the book? Why or why not?

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