The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Quiz | Eight Week Quiz D

Rebecca Skloot
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part Two: Death – Chapters 17 - 22.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where did Chester Southam advertise for medical research volunteers in May of 1956?
(a) The Ohio State Penitentiary newsletter.
(b) Rutgers University newsletter.
(c) Sing Sing Prison newsletter.
(d) The New York Times classifieds.

2. How old was Alexis Carrel when he invented the first technique for suturing blood vessels together?
(a) 22.
(b) 39.
(c) 62.
(d) 45.

3. What did Joe Lacks change his name to after he converted to Islam in prison?
(a) Johnny Pleasant.
(b) Ayman al-Zawahiri.
(c) Zakariyya Bari Abdul Rahman.
(d) Andrew Robertson.

4. What year was it when a group of researchers at the National Institutes of Health had proven the possibility of immortal cells using mouse cells?
(a) 1898.
(b) 1943.
(c) 1963.
(d) 1911.

5. What radio horror show in the 1930s related the fictional story of a Dr. Alberts who created an immortal chicken heart that overcame the earth?
(a) No Exit.
(b) Lights Out.
(c) Lost Souls.
(d) Serendipity.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of Henrietta Lacks's children did not attend her funeral or know she'd died, according to the author in Part Two: Death, Chapter 12?

2. Who wrote the 1976 Rolling Stone article about the Lackses?

3. What disease nearly killed Henrietta's youngest son Joe not long after her death?

4. How old was Deborah Lacks when Rebecca Skloot first called her to talk about her mother?

5. On what date did the gynecologist from Johns Hopkins Hospital call and inform Henrietta Lacks that she had a malignant tumor?

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