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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. Roger Whiting explains to John Berry that Karen Randall's most prominent symptom was what?

2. As John stops to watch an open-heart surgical operation, he compares it to what?

3. When John goes to the Randall's house after talking with the radiologist and checking with the pharmacy, whom does he see?

4. During Suzanne Blake's first trimester of pregnancy, what does she contract?

5. Art Lee explains to John Berry that he had refused to perform an abortion on Karen Randall because __________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why has George Bradford declined to take Art Lee's case?

2. John Berry compares his puzzlement over Art Lee's case with "the Peru case." What is the Peru case to which he refers?

3. What does John tell Peter Randall when asked for his opinion about Karen's autopsy findings?

4. What does John Berry say about Dr. Conway's manner of conducting autopsies?

5. Who is Mrs. McPherson, and what happens to her?

6. How does J.D. Randall, Karen's father, first attempt to get John Berry to stop working on Art Lee's case?

7. Summarize John Berry's phone conversation with Dr. Sanderson, head of the pathology labs, following his unfruitful meeting with Art Lee's attorney.

8. Explain why other doctors let Dr. Frank Conway rant and rave after one of his patients dies.

9. How does J.D. Randall deflect pointed questions John Berry asks of him during their first conversation?

10. Explain why John wants to help Art Lee even though other doctors are willing to let him be a scapegoat for Karen's death.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Dr. John Berry with Dr. Frank Conway. Analyze each in the following categories: compassion, honesty, professionalism, expertise. Which of the two is more trustworthy? Why?

Essay Topic 2

In his detective work, John is able to put together the pieces of the puzzle through a combination of what people tell him and what lab results indicate. Give two examples of each, stating what secrets are unlocked in each case.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout most of the story, it is unclear whether or not Karen was actually pregnant. Discuss all the indications for and against a pregnancy's actually existing. Include what people say and what is discovered through lab tests. Why are the lab tests inconclusive? How do the results leave John Berry confused? In the end, was she or was she not pregnant?

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