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

2. Why did Paul Lurz say that the earlier records from Crownville Hospital Center had been destroyed?

3. What DNA testing company is described by the author in the Afterword as only providing customers with genealogical information "if they first sign a form granting permission for their samples to be stored for future research"?

4. Who was the president of the National Foundation for Cancer Research in 2001?

5. What comparison did the researcher at Johns Hopkins make for a person's cells and their rights to a portion of the profits for those cells in Part Three: Immortality, Chapter 32?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What factors contributed to the Lacks family's distrust of Rebecca and of the scientific community?

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

4. What gift did Rebecca Skloot give to Deborah Lacks when she first met her in person? How did Deborah respond?

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

6. What concerns did Deborah Lacks present to Rebecca Skloot during their first in-person meeting? What were Deborah's fears about HeLa cells and their use?

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

8. What statement does Rebecca Skloot make about the legality of Johns Hopkins' actions in Henrietta's case in the Afterword?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Discuss the impact of the Rolling Stones article that focused on the Lacks family in the 1970s. How did this article impact the family? How did Americans respond to the article? Why?

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