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. Where does Dr. David Silverstein live?

2. Who is the strain of Ebola Zaire in the U.S. Army's freezers named after?

3. Where did the initial outbreak of Ebola Zaire begin?

4. What does it mean to put a sample "in the beam"?

5. Why do Charles Monet and his lady friend travel to Kitum Cave?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Dan Dalgard uneasy at the end of Part 2 Chapter 4?

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

3. Why are crab-eating macaques described as "competitors" of humans in their natural environment?

4. Compare Peter Jahrling's and Gene Johnson's offices.

5. How does Preston distinguish parasites from predators?

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

7. How does Nancy Jaax's hobby help her confidence?

8. Why is it not in the best interest of a virus to kill its host?

9. What does Nancy Jaax do in Gene Johnson's lab?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain what Louis Pasteur's quote on page 151 means ("Chance favors the prepared mind"). Then relate the quote to the following:

a. The role of doubt in scientific research.

b. The Ebola Reston biocontainment mission.

Essay Topic 2

Summarize the reasons and the process that Peter Jahrling and Tom Geisbert used to reach their decision NOT to tell about their possible exposure after the "whiffing incident". Do you agree with the decision they made?

- What were their considerations about the incubation period?

- What do Jahrling and Geisbert know about the Slammer that affected their decision?

- Why doesn't Jahrling think he is putting his family at risk?

- How did the right to name a new virus affect their decision?

- Based on what you know about the fatality rate of Marburg and other filoviruses, do you think that Jahrling and Geisbert made a good decision? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

What is the importance of the Rift Valley in the evolution and development of humans? How have environmental changes in this area of the world possibly contributed to the spread of disease? What, if anything, can be done to reverse these trends?

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