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

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

3. What was Paul Lurz's position at Crownsville Hospital Center when Deborah and Rebecca visited in search of past records?
(a) Director of virology.
(b) Director of biological sciences.
(c) Director of medical ethics.
(d) Director of performance and improvement.

4. How did Deborah describe Cootie's death to Rebecca in Part Three: Immortality, Chapter 38?
(a) He was hit by a car.
(b) He was killed in prison.
(c) He shot himself.
(d) He died from cancer.

5. Who is described in the Afterword as "the Nobel Prize-winning researcher who used Ted Slavin's antibodies for hepatitis B research"?
(a) Baruch Blumberg.
(b) Judith Greenburg.
(c) Howard Jones.
(d) Christoph Lengauer.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the young Johns Hopkins researcher that sent a gift to Deborah Lacks by way of Rebecca Skloot when Rebecca met Deborah for the first time?

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

3. 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?

4. When was the Declaration of Helsinki originally adopted?

5. 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"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the author describe the development of tissue research today? What are tissue samples used for?

4. What legal options does Rebecca Skloot describe for the Lacks family in the Afterword?

5. What did Deborah discover during her visit to her doctor after she returned from her research travels with Rebecca Skloot in 2001?

6. What did Rebecca Skloot and Deborah Lacks encounter when they first arrived at Crownsville in Part Three: Immortality – Chapter 33?

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

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

9. What did Cousin Gary do in order to calm down Deborah in Part Three: Immortality – Chapter 35?

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

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