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. As of the book's publication in 2009, over how many scientific articles had been published about research done on HeLa?

2. How old was Deborah Lacks when the researchers from Johns Hopkins came to draw blood for DNA analysis of Henrietta's husband and children?

3. What was the cost for a vial of HeLa cells from the American Type Culture Collection at the time that The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks went to press?

4. In what year did the U.S. Supreme Court rule on the case of Ananda Mohan Chakrabarty?

5. On what date does Rebecca Skloot describe driving to clover in Part Three: Immortality, Chapter 38?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the author depict the repercussions of the loss of a parent in the narrative? How do you think Henrietta's life would have differed if her mother had lived? How would Deborah's life have been changed?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the themes of abuse, family, and loss in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. What symbolism and imagery support these themes? What abuses were suffered by the Lacks family? How did the family members cope with grief and loss?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the case of John Moore. What was the final outcome of Moore's lawsuit against UCLA and Dr. Golde? What precedents were set by this case? How does Moore's case relate to the Lackses'?

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