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. At what pharmaceutical company was Christoph Lengauer the Global Head of Oncology at in 2009?
(a) GlaxoSmithKline.
(b) Sanofi-Aventis.
(c) Johnson & Johnson.
(d) Pfizer.

2. When did Deborah Lacks officially divorce Reverend Pullum?
(a) 2004.
(b) 2006.
(c) 2012.
(d) 1999.

3. On what date did the law go into effect that required IRB approval and informed consent for all federally funded research?
(a) June 30, 1974.
(b) October 4, 1977.
(c) September 29, 1970.
(d) September 15, 1972.

4. Who is the director of the Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology at the National Institute of General Medical Science that is quoted in the Afterword?
(a) Roland Pattillo.
(b) Christoph Lengauer.
(c) Baruch Blumberg.
(d) Judith Greenburg.

5. How many years in prison did Zakariyya serve of his sentence before he was released for his second-degree murder conviction?
(a) 9 years.
(b) 12 years.
(c) 7 years.
(d) 2 years.

6. Where was Bobbette employed when she learned about Henrietta's connection to HeLa cells from Gardenia's brother-in-law?
(a) Baltimore City Hospital.
(b) Johns Hopkins Hospital.
(c) Costco.
(d) Yale School of Medicine.

7. What publication did Michael Rogers write for when he came to interview the Lackses?
(a) Time.
(b) The New Yorker.
(c) People.
(d) Rolling Stone.

8. How old was Deborah Lacks when the researchers from Johns Hopkins came to draw blood for DNA analysis of Henrietta's husband and children?
(a) 24.
(b) 30.
(c) 19.
(d) 26.

9. What was the population at the asylum of Crownsville Hospital when Elsie died in 1955?
(a) 3,200.
(b) 956.
(c) 2,700.
(d) 1,230.

10. Who was the curator at the Smithsonian Museum of American History that invited the Lacks family to an event at the museum?
(a) Michael Rogers.
(b) Walter Nelson-Rees.
(c) Roland Pattillo.
(d) Terry Sharrer.

11. Who is the director of the Institute for Science, Law and Technology at the Illinois Institute of Technology that is cited in the Afterword?
(a) Christoph Lengauer.
(b) Baruch Blumberg.
(c) Dr. Howard Jones.
(d) Lori Andrews.

12. What were the names of Deborah's grandsons who came along when Deborah took Rebecca Skloot to meet Zakariyya?
(a) Fred and Clarence.
(b) Joe and Jimmy.
(c) Alfred and Davon.
(d) Gerald and Paul.

13. On what date was Deborah Lacks scheduled to depart for her engagement speaking at a conference at the National Foundation for Cancer Research?
(a) July 9, 2000.
(b) October 11, 1996.
(c) September 11, 2001.
(d) March 25, 2002.

14. Parents in what two states sued in 2009 to stop the nationwide practice of storing and conducting research on fetal blood samples?
(a) Kansas and Missouri.
(b) California and Washington.
(c) Minnesota and Texas.
(d) Oregon and New Jersey.

15. When was the Human Genome Project declared complete?
(a) 2003.
(b) 2000.
(c) 2009.
(d) 2012.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old was Deborah's Cousin Gary when he died of a heart attack?

2. Who is the provost for research at Harvard University that argues in the Afterword that giving patients control over their tissues is shortsighted?

3. As of the book's publication in 2009, over how many scientific articles had been published about research done on HeLa?

4. In what year did the U.S. Supreme Court rule on the case of Ananda Mohan Chakrabarty?

5. On what date does Rebecca Skloot describe driving to clover in Part Three: Immortality, Chapter 38?

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