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

2. What was the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act designed to prohibit?
(a) It prohibits research on cells without informed consent.
(b) It prohibits the taking of cells without consent.
(c) It prohibits the publication of personal data.
(d) It prohibits the use of genetic information in health insurance and employment.

3. In what year did President Clinton's National Bioethics Advisory Commission issue a report saying that federal oversight of tissue research was "inadequate" and "ambiguous"?
(a) 1995.
(b) 1993.
(c) 1999.
(d) 1998.

4. 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) AncestryDNA.
(c) 23andMe.
(d) African Ancestry.

5. 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) 26.
(b) 24.
(c) 19.
(d) 30.

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

7. In what year did members of the Native American Havasupai Tribe sue Arizona State University for using tissue samples from the tribe to study schizophrenia and inbreeding?
(a) 2005.
(b) 2002.
(c) 2007.
(d) 1999.

8. What color were the HeLa cells tinted that Deborah observed at Johns Hopkins in Part Three: Immortality, Chapter 32?
(a) White.
(b) Green.
(c) Red.
(d) Blue.

9. What gift did Deborah give to Zakariyya when she took Rebecca to meet him in Part Three: Immortality, Chapter 30?
(a) The rendering of a HeLa cell.
(b) A Bible.
(c) A check for $1,000.
(d) A plaque with their mother's name on it.

10. In what year did Bobbette Lacks discover the truth about HeLa cells and their connection to Henrietta Lacks?
(a) 1980.
(b) 1976.
(c) 1973.
(d) 1963.

11. What had Deborah's son been arrested for when she called Rebecca Skloot sobbing at the end of Part Three: Immortality, Chapter 31?
(a) Arson.
(b) Murder.
(c) Robbery.
(d) Rape.

12. What are the three core principles that are identified in the Belmont Report?
(a) Tissues, cells, and blood.
(b) Respect for persons, beneficence, and justice.
(c) Freedom of speech, expression, and self-hood.
(d) Medical ethics, law, and science.

13. 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) Lori Andrews.
(d) Dr. Howard Jones.

14. When was the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act passed in the United States?
(a) 2005.
(b) 2002.
(c) 1999.
(d) 2008.

15. On what date does Rebecca Skloot describe driving to clover in Part Three: Immortality, Chapter 38?
(a) January 18, 2009.
(b) July 9, 2010.
(c) October 11, 1996.
(d) March 25, 2008.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. How old was Deborah's grandson Alfred when Deborah Lacks died?

3. During what decade did most U.S. states begin mandating the screening of all newborn babies for genetic diseases?

4. When was Micheal Rogers's article about the Lacks family published?

5. Who was the researcher at Johns Hopkins who showed Deborah her mother's cells?

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