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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. 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.

2. What caused the death of David Lacks?
(a) Stroke.
(b) Cancer.
(c) Injuries from a car accident.
(d) He was shot.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who told Michael Rogers that Henrietta Lacks was actually the name of the patient whose cells became known as HeLa cells?

2. When was the Human Genome Project declared complete?

3. On what date did Rebecca Skloot meet Deborah in order to see Henrietta Lacks's cells?

4. On what date did Rebecca Skloot finally meet face-to-face with Deborah Lacks for the first time?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the two main points of controversy regarding tissue research, according to the author in the Afterword?

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

4. Why did Deborah Lacks fail to attend the Foundation for Cancer Research's event dedicated to her mother in Part Three: Immortality – Chapter 37?

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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