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. What was Paul Lurz's position at Crownsville Hospital Center when Deborah and Rebecca visited in search of past records?

2. What had Deborah's son been arrested for when she called Rebecca Skloot sobbing at the end of Part Three: Immortality, Chapter 31?

3. The researcher at Johns Hopkins that showed Deborah her mother's cells explained to her that Henrietta's cancer developed due to what virus?

4. 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?

5. What does "HIPAA" represent?

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

3. 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?

4. How were Deborah and Zakariyya affected by their meeting with Christoph Lengauer at Johns Hopkins?

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

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

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

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

9. How does the author describe her meeting with Zakariyya in Part Three: Immortality – Chapter 30?

10. How did Bobbette Lacks respond when she discovered the history of HeLa cells?

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

Discuss Henrietta Lacks's diagnosis, treatment, and death. What type of cancer was Henrietta diagnosed with? What treatment was available for this type of cancer at the time? How would Henrietta's treatment have differed today?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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