The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Test | Final 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. When was the Human Genome Project begun?

2. Parents in what two states sued in 2009 to stop the nationwide practice of storing and conducting research on fetal blood samples?

3. What does "HIPAA" represent?

4. In what year did Deborah Lacks marry James Pullum?

5. Who was the president of the Henrietta Lacks Health History Museum Foundation, Inc., that was established in Turner Station?

Short Essay Questions

1. What caused Deborah Lacks anxiety after her blood sample was collected by Johns Hopkins in Part Three: Immortality – Chapter 23?

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

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

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

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

6. How did Deborah's behavior change after her visit to Crownsville with Rebecca?

7. 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?

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

10. Based on Skloot's statements in the Afterword, what is the likelihood that your DNA is on file somewhere? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the laws and regulations that have been implemented in the United States since 1951 to protect patients like Henrietta Lacks. If Henrietta were hospitalized today, would she have faced a different system? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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