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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What U.S. President created the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis?
(a) Richard Nixon.
(b) Grover Cleveland.
(c) Franklin D. Roosevelt.
(d) Theodore Roosevelt.

2. How many chromosomes are contained in a human cell?
(a) 36.
(b) 42.
(c) 46.
(d) 52.

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

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

5. When did George Papanicolaou publish a paper describing what is now known as the "Pap smear"?
(a) 1929.
(b) 1962.
(c) 1941.
(d) 1956.

6. Who was the gynecologist that examined Henrietta Lacks when she first went to Johns Hopkins Hospital to have the knot in her womb seen?
(a) Dr. William Scherer.
(b) Dr. Howard Jones.
(c) Dr. Roland Pattillo.
(d) Dr. Richard Wesley TeLinde.

7. What war was Lawrence Lacks drafted into after lying about his age to get into pool halls?
(a) The Korean War.
(b) The Afghanistan War.
(c) The Vietnam War.
(d) World War II.

8. 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) 1963.
(b) 1898.
(c) 1943.
(d) 1911.

9. Who was Henrietta's grandfather that raised her after her mother died?
(a) Johnny Pleasant.
(b) William Lacks.
(c) Tommy Lacks.
(d) David Lacks.

10. Who were the business partners that owned Microbiological Associates in the 1950s?
(a) Dr. Richard Wesley TeLinde and George Gey.
(b) Harry Eagle and Fred Garret.
(c) Samuel Reader and Monroe Vincent.
(d) Charles Bynum and William Scherer.

11. What nickname did Deborah Lacks have within her family?
(a) Dottie.
(b) Liz.
(c) Debbie.
(d) Dale.

12. How old was Henrietta Lacks when she became pregnant with her fifth child?
(a) 33.
(b) 36.
(c) 42.
(d) 29.

13. What was Henrietta Lacks's name at birth?
(a) Wilma Anderson.
(b) Henrietta Pleasant.
(c) Helen Lane.
(d) Loretta Pleasant.

14. How old was Henrietta Lacks's epileptic daughter when she died?
(a) 12.
(b) 32.
(c) 15.
(d) 19.

15. What term refers to the belief and practice which aims at improving the genetic quality of the human population through selective reproduction?
(a) Ebonics.
(b) Eugenics.
(c) Virology.
(d) Necromancy.

Short Answer Questions

1. The first time that live human cells were ever shipped via the U.S. Postal Service was when George Gey mailed HeLa cells to whom?

2. Where was Henrietta Lacks born?

3. How much blood did Henrietta's cousin Emmett and his friends donate when they heard Henrietta was in need of transfusions at the hospital?

4. What is described in Part Two: Death, Chapter 13 as "an essential part of science"?

5. What was the first publication to name the woman behind the HeLa cells in 1953?

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