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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. In what year was the Coalition for Genetic Fairness formed by several patient and civil rights groups to spearhead genetic nondiscrimination legislation on Capitol Hill?
(a) 1999.
(b) 1997.
(c) 1992.
(d) 2001.

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

3. Who was the judge that oversaw John Moore's initial case against UCLA?
(a) Judge Joseph Wapner.
(b) Judge Henry Beecher.
(c) Judge Emanuel Mandel.
(d) Judge Howard Jones.

4. Who was the cancer researcher at UCLA that removed John Moore's spleen?
(a) Victor McKusick.
(b) Henry Beecher.
(c) David Golde.
(d) Emanuel Mandel.

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) 30.
(c) 19.
(d) 24.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year did Bobbette Lacks discover the truth about HeLa cells and their connection to Henrietta Lacks?

2. 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?

3. What caused the death of David Lacks?

4. Who is the director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt that the author cites in the Afterword?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What gift did Rebecca Skloot give to Deborah Lacks when she first met her in person? How did Deborah respond?

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

4. How does the author describe her meeting with Zakariyya in Part Three: Immortality – Chapter 30?

5. How were Deborah and Zakariyya affected by their meeting with Christoph Lengauer at Johns Hopkins?

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

7. What treatment did John Moore receive from the medical center at UCLA?

8. How effective do you think Rebecca Skloot was in giving a voice to the Lacks family in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks?

9. How does Rebecca Skloot describe the financial gains of George and Margaret Gey as a result of the cultivation of HeLa cells?

10. What agreement was made between Rebecca Skloot and Deborah Lacks regarding compensation for the publication of the book?

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