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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. Who is the director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt that the author cites in the Afterword?
(a) Judith Greenburg.
(b) Christoph Lengauer.
(c) Baruch Blumberg.
(d) Ellen Wright Clayton.

2. Who is the provost for research at Harvard University that argues in the Afterword that giving patients control over their tissues is shortsighted?
(a) David Korn.
(b) Judith Greenburg.
(c) Christoph Lengauer.
(d) Baruch Blumberg.

3. Who did a fireman say saved Deborah's life by slapping her to keep her awake after she'd had a stroke in Part Three: Immortality, Chapter 37?
(a) Alfred.
(b) Cootie.
(c) Cliff.
(d) Davon.

4. Who was the president of the Henrietta Lacks Health History Museum Foundation, Inc., that was established in Turner Station?
(a) Joseph Lacks.
(b) Roland Pattillo.
(c) Courtney Speed.
(d) Michael Rogers.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the director of the Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology at the National Institute of General Medical Science that is quoted in the Afterword?

2. When was the Human Genome Project declared complete?

3. What was the population at the asylum of Crownsville Hospital when Elsie died in 1955?

4. The author states in the book that by the time Keenan Kester Cofield contacted the Lacks family, he was already banned from filing lawsuits in how many countries?

5. What organization created the Belmont Report?

Short Essay Questions

1. What statement did Susan Hsu make about her interactions with the Lacks family when she was interviewed by Rebecca Skloot?

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

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

4. What statement does Rebecca Skloot make about the legality of Johns Hopkins' actions in Henrietta's case 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. How does the author describe her meeting with Zakariyya in Part Three: Immortality – Chapter 30?

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

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

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

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

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