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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 Dr. John Berry recalls past conversations with his friend, Dr. Arthur Lee, what becomes clear?

2. When William Randall speaks of Ev, to whom is he referring?

3. How does J.D. Randall reply when John Berry asks what he would have done if Karen had told him she was pregnant?

4. John offers several scenarios under which an autopsy would be performed. Which of the following is NOT one of the reasons he presents?

5. Even though Lewis Carr, clinical professor of medicine at Boston Memorial, declines to talk with John by phone, he does explain what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Alan Zenner, and why does John talk with him?

3. Summarize the conversation that takes place between John and Ev outside of the Randall home.

4. Why does John take a sample of Karen's blood to Dr. Jim Murphy?

5. According to John, autopsies are required to be performed under what circumstances?

6. When John finally talks with Peter Randall directly, what key pieces of information does he learn?

7. Summarize the encounter between John Berry and Roger Whiting, the medical intern who had given Karen penicillin without first checking for allergies.

8. Why is John surprised to see J.D. Randall performing open heart surgery?

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

10. After Dr. John Berry learns that Dr. Art Lee has been arrested, he recalls talking with Art about what serious matter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the pros and cons of abortion as presented by the author in this novel. Why does Dr. Arthur Lee perform abortions even though they are illegal? How and when does he justify abortion? In what cases does he refuse to perform one?

Essay Topic 2

Almost from the start, tension exists between John and several other characters. Cite specific examples when this tension works against John and when it works in his favor in his interactions with the following characters:

1. Captain Peterson.

2. J.D. Randall.

3. Roman Jones.

Essay Topic 3

J.D. Randall accuses John Berry of harassing his family members. Do you agree or disagree with his assessment? Is John harassing, or is he merely trying to get to the truth? Is there a difference between the two? Does J.D.'s accusation come with ulterior motives?

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