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Rebecca Skloot
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who was the director of "Negro Activities" for the Tuskegee Institute when the HeLa Distribution Center was developed?
(a) Charles Bynum.
(b) Michael Rogers.
(c) Roland Pattillo.
(d) William Scherer.

2. What was the name of Henrietta Lacks's father?
(a) Johnny Pleasant.
(b) David Lacks.
(c) Tommy Lacks.
(d) William Lacks.

3. On what date did Joe Lacks murder Eldridge Lee Ivy?
(a) October 4, 1951.
(b) January 29, 1972.
(c) October 4, 1969.
(d) September 15, 1970.

4. Who dug Henrietta's grave in Clover?
(a) Johnny and Cootie.
(b) Fred and Cliff.
(c) Tommy and David.
(d) Walter and Jimmy.

5. Who was Ethel's husband that sexually abused Deborah Lacks when she was a child?
(a) Joe.
(b) Cliff.
(c) Cootie.
(d) Galen.

6. What was the first publication to name the woman behind the HeLa cells in 1953?
(a) Science magazine.
(b) The Minneapolis Star.
(c) Time magazine.
(d) The Chicago Tribune.

7. What illness did Hector Henry suffer from during his childhood?
(a) Tuberculosis.
(b) Leukemia.
(c) Polio.
(d) Epilepsy.

8. How many points compose the code of ethics known as the Nuremberg Code?
(a) 12.
(b) 3.
(c) 10.
(d) 7.

9. On what date did Henrietta marry David Lacks?
(a) April 10, 1941.
(b) October 4, 1951.
(c) February 5, 1951.
(d) January 29, 1945.

10. When were HeLa cells fused with mouse cells to create the first animal-human hybrid cells?
(a) 1959.
(b) 1965.
(c) 1972.
(d) 1987.

11. What was listed as the official cause of Henrietta Lacks's death?
(a) Terminal uremia.
(b) Grand mal seizure.
(c) Heart attack.
(d) Stroke.

12. Where was Roland Pattillo working as a professor of gynecology when Rebecca Skloot first contacted him regarding Henrietta Lacks?
(a) Morehouse School of Medicine.
(b) Sewanee School of Medicine.
(c) UCLA School of Medicine.
(d) Harvard School of Medicine.

13. On what date did the gynecologist from Johns Hopkins Hospital call and inform Henrietta Lacks that she had a malignant tumor?
(a) August 1, 1950.
(b) October 4, 1951.
(c) February 5, 1951.
(d) April 10, 1941.

14. When did Alexis Carrel grow an "immortal chicken heart"?
(a) January 29, 1951.
(b) April 10, 1926.
(c) August 1, 1920.
(d) January 17, 1912.

15. What was the central reason that the HeLa factory was developed?
(a) To fight polio.
(b) To fight syphilis.
(c) To fight cancer.
(d) To fight epilepsy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Henrietta Lacks's name at birth?

2. What extra chromosome appears in individuals with Down syndrome?

3. How old did Roland Pattillo say that Henrietta Lacks's husband was now, when Rebecca Skloot first contacted him to discuss Henrietta?

4. Who was David and Henrietta's cousin that convinced David to look for work in the steel industry in Baltimore in 1941?

5. For how long was Chester Southam's medical license suspended due to "fraud or deceit and unprofessional conduct in the practice of medicine" after he'd injected unknowing patients with cancer cells?

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