The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Rebecca Skloot
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was listed as the official cause of Henrietta Lacks's death?

2. What was the central reason that the HeLa factory was developed?

3. Which of Henrietta Lacks's children did not attend her funeral or know she'd died, according to the author in Part Two: Death, Chapter 12?

4. How old was Henrietta Lacks when she became pregnant with her fifth child?

5. Who dug Henrietta's grave in Clover?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did George Gey do with the HeLa cells that he obtained and cultured at his labs? What were Gey's objectives?

2. How does Mary Kubicek describe the instance when she first realized that Henrietta was "human" in Part Two: Death - Chapter 12?

3. What led up to Joe Lacks's imprisonment for second-degree murder?

4. Why were HeLa cells useful in the study of virology and research into diseases? Was the malignant nature of the cells a factor?

5. Who is Roland Pattillo, and why did Rebecca Skloot contact him regarding the Lacks family? How did Pattillo respond to Rebecca's inquiries?

6. How did Henrietta meet David Lacks? How did their early relationship develop?

7. What advancements and discoveries were made due to research using HeLa cells from 1960-1966?

8. How does the author describe the setting of "Lacks Town" when she first visited in 1999?

9. What did Henrietta's doctors at Johns Hopkins find during her repeated visits in June of 1951?

10. What advancements did Alexis Carrel achieve in medical progress during his career?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss some of the beliefs that African Americans have had historically about doctors, research, and hospitals. What was the basis of these beliefs? What evidence is there that there was truth to some of these beliefs?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the narrative and language styles seen in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. How does the narrative shift in the course of the book? How does the dialogue in the narrative differ from the language style of the author? What literary devices are employed the most in the story?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the impact of the Nuremberg Trials on medicine, science, and research. What regulations and standards arose as a result of the Nuremberg Trials?

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