HL Reading Questions- Part 3 - Copy - Reading Guide to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Chapters 21-30 Chapter Twenty-One Night Doctors 1 What does

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Reading Guide to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Chapters 21-30 Chapter Twenty-One: Night Doctors 1. What does the author’s choice of descriptive details reveal to the reader about her impression of Sonny Lacks? She said that he is sweet and looks like a nice person. 2. Explain the connection that Sonny makes between his mother’s personality and the ways he believes HeLa cells have been used. He explained that his mother liked to take care of people, and the cells are doing the same thing. 3. Sonny and Lawrence repeat the refrain “That’s a miracle,” when discussing the scientific advances made possible by their mother’s cells. What does this refrain suggest about their worldview and values? It shows how amazed they are about Henrietta’s cells. 4. Give an example of indirect characterization that reveals that the Lacks family distrusts doctors. The doctor said he was a hard worker, and he had a rough life 5. What are “night doctors?” Where did the term originate and why? What do the Lackses believe “night doctors” do? Is their belief based on real events? Explain your answer. In black oral history, they were white doctors who kidnapped black people to experiment with them 6. What does the 1969 Johns Hopkins study reveal about the researcher’s attitude and assumptions about race? They thought that black people were criminals 7. Why is the fact that the Lacks family cannot get health insurance an example of irony? The family do not have health care, but their mother’s cells help health care. Chapter Twenty-Two: “The Fame She So Richly Deserves” 1. What type of cancer was George Gey diagnosed with? Pancreatic cancer 2. What specific request did Gey make prior to going into surgery? Why didn’t his surgeons honor his request? He requests that doctors took some samples from his tumor to make them grow in culture . The surgeons did not do it because that could kill him 3. After finding out that his cancer was terminal, what reason did Gey give for his decision to offer himself as a research subject? He wanted to help in the process of science advance 4. Did Gey benefit or profit in any way from his participation in the research studies? He was not benefitted monetarily. He let researchers experiment with him. 5. Do Gey’s attitude and actions after his own diagnosis of terminal cancer change your opinion of him? Explain your answer. No, he still working as just as much as he was before the diagnosis and he started to be part of experiment. 6. What did Howard Jones realize when he reviewed Henrietta’s medical records? He realized that Henrietta’s cancer “misinterpreted” and “mislabaeled” 7. Do you agree that Henrietta should have been correctly identified in order to “give her the fame she so richly deserves,” or do you think her anonymity should have been protected? Explain your answer.
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