The Hot Zone Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Richard Preston
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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. What other disease does Peters suggest Jahrling test the sample for?

2. What state is Nancy Jaax from?

3. When Nancy and Jerry Jaax get promotions, where do they both end up working?

4. What is the fatality rate of Ebola Sudan?

5. Who is the colony manger at the Reston Monkey House?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is veterinary pathology?

2. What is a diamond knife?

3. Why can't a monkey be autopsied in front of other monkeys?

4. What are Geisbert's electron microscope photographs definitive proof of?

5. Explain how viruses are both considered "alive" and "dead".

6. How does Preston distinguish parasites from predators?

7. What disturbs Dan Dalgard at the end of Part 2, Chapter 2?

8. Describe what Tom Geisbert sees in his cell samples.

9. What is the difference between an electron and a light microscope?

10. Why did Ebola Zaire affect mainly women?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The world of academic and scientific research is often summed up with the phrase "publish or perish". What does this mean? Discuss how the concept of "publish or perish" affects the conflict between characters in the text, by responding to the following issues:

a. Why do you think Gene Johnson does not publish his research?

b. How do Johnson's co-workers at USAMRIID feel about his decision not to publish?

c. How do his peers outside of USAMRIID feel about his decision not to publish?

d. Do researchers have a responsibility to share their research with others? Is this important for scientific progress? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

General Russell of USAMRIID calls Frederick Murphy at the CDC to consult with him about the situation at the Reston Monkey House.

a. What is the difference between the mission of the Army at USAMRIID and the CDC?

b. Explain the main reasons why each agency seems like the right one to deal with the problem.

Essay Topic 3

A quote from the book reads: "a virus can be useful to a species by thinning it out." Students will research the historic outbreaks of plague in the 14th century and the flu outbreak of 1918. How did this concept of "herd immunity" allow the outbreaks to finally end? Do students agree that a virus can be considered "useful"? Why or why not?

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