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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. 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) Rape.
(d) Robbery.

5. As of the book's publication in 2009, over how many scientific articles had been published about research done on HeLa?
(a) Over 80,000.
(b) Over 60,000.
(c) Over 100,000.
(d) Over 70,000.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who came with Deborah to Johns Hopkins to see Henrietta Lacks's cells?

2. Who is described in the Afterword as "the Nobel Prize-winning researcher who used Ted Slavin's antibodies for hepatitis B research"?

3. 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"?

4. On what date did Roland Pattillo organize the first annual HeLa Cancer Control Symposium?

5. What caused the death of David Lacks?

Short Essay Questions

1. What information did Rebecca and Deborah discover about Elsie and the conditions she lived in at Crownsville in Part Three: Immortality – Chapter 33?

2. How did the members of the Lacks family respond to the new found fame they received on Henrietta's behalf in Part Three: Immortality – Chapter 28?

3. Based on Skloot's statements in the Afterword, what is the likelihood that your DNA is on file somewhere? Why?

4. How did Bobbette Lacks respond when she discovered the history of HeLa cells?

5. What statement does Rebecca Skloot make about the legality of Johns Hopkins' actions in Henrietta's case in the Afterword?

6. What factors contributed to the Lacks family's distrust of Rebecca and of the scientific community?

7. What legal issues arose for the Lacks descendants in 2013? How were these issues resolved?

8. Discuss the actions of the doctors at Johns Hopkins in obtaining blood samples for research from the Lacks family. What was unethical about these actions?

9. How does the author describe John Moore's illness in Part Three: Immortality – Chapter 25? When did Moore first get sick?

10. When did Deborah Lacks die? What is significant about the timing of her death in Rebecca Skloot's narrative?

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