The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What caused the death of David Lacks?
(a) Stroke.
(b) Injuries from a car accident.
(c) Cancer.
(d) He was shot.

2. Who was the president of the National Foundation for Cancer Research in 2001?
(a) William Scherer.
(b) Franklin Salisbury, Jr.
(c) Walter Nelson-Rees.
(d) Dr. Richard Wesley TeLinde.

3. On what date did Rebecca Skloot meet Deborah in order to see Henrietta Lacks's cells?
(a) May 11, 2001.
(b) July 9, 2000.
(c) June 30, 2002.
(d) October 11, 1996.

4. How much money did David Lacks receive as settlement from a class-action lawsuit against a boiler manufacturer at Bethlehem Steel?
(a) $1,000.
(b) $23,000.
(c) $12,000.
(d) $5,000.

5. Rebecca Skloot states in Part Three: Immortality, Chapter 24 that a search of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office database shows how many patents involving HeLa cells?
(a) 12,000.
(b) 5,000.
(c) 32,000.
(d) 17,000.

6. Who is the provost for research at Harvard University that argues in the Afterword that giving patients control over their tissues is shortsighted?
(a) Christoph Lengauer.
(b) Baruch Blumberg.
(c) David Korn.
(d) Judith Greenburg.

7. Who is the director of the Diagnostic Molecular Pathology Lab oratory at the University of California, Los Angeles, cited by the author in the Afterword?
(a) Christoph Lengauer.
(b) Wayne Grody.
(c) Baruch Blumberg.
(d) Judith Greenburg.

8. In what year did John Moore die?
(a) 2001.
(b) 2009.
(c) 2005.
(d) 1999.

9. The researcher at Johns Hopkins that showed Deborah her mother's cells explained to her that Henrietta's cancer developed due to what virus?
(a) Abelson murine leukemia virus.
(b) Campoletis aprilis ichnovirus.
(c) Abaca mosiac virus.
(d) Human papillomavirus.

10. What DNA testing company is described by the author in the Afterword as only providing customers with genealogical information "if they first sign a form granting permission for their samples to be stored for future research"?
(a) Oxford Ancestors.
(b) African Ancestry.
(c) AncestryDNA.
(d) 23andMe.

11. What sentence did Deborah's son Alfred Carter, Jr. receive for robbery with a dangerous and deadly weapon and first-degree assault with a handgun?
(a) 10 years in prison.
(b) 50 years in prison.
(c) 30 years in prison.
(d) 40 years in prison.

12. Where was Barbara Wyche working as a sociologist when she wrote to Congress demanding recognition for Henrietta Lacks's contribution to science?
(a) Louisiana State University.
(b) Howard University.
(c) Morgan State University.
(d) Rutgers University.

13. What organization created the Belmont Report?
(a) The World Health Organization.
(b) The National Foundation for Cancer Research.
(c) The Nelson-Rees Publishing Company.
(d) The National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research.

14. When was the Human Genome Project begun?
(a) 1967.
(b) 1985.
(c) 1990.
(d) 1996.

15. What does "HIPAA" represent?
(a) Health Incentives and Protections of Adult Americans.
(b) Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
(c) Human Import of Pancreatic Appendage Appointment.
(d) Human Implant or Personal Axillary Assistant.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did Rebecca and Deborah go after leaving Crownsville to look for more medical records on Elsie in Part Three: Immortality, Chapter 33?

2. How did Deborah describe Cootie's death to Rebecca in Part Three: Immortality, Chapter 38?

3. In what year did Deborah Lacks marry James Pullum?

4. Who was the renowned geneticist that founded the world's first human genetics department at Johns Hopkins?

5. How old was Dr. Howard Jones in 2009 when The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks went to press?

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