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

3. Without being asked, William Randall makes sure that John Berry knows what?

4. After J.D. Randall tries to bribe John Berry to get him to drop Art Lee's case, J.D. resorts to what?

5. In talking to Karen's roommate, John learns that Karen had claimed what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Roger Whiting come up with "miscarriage" as a diagnosis for Karen's condition?

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

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

4. Why does John decline to help when he is asked if he wants to assist with Karen's autopsy?

5. Why do the police arrest Art Lee?

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

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

8. Summarize how John Berry describes Boston City Hospital.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the roles that race and ethnic background play in this story. When does this story take place? How does racism affect Art Lee's chances of a fair trial? How does racism affect George Wilson's ability to convince a jury that Art is innocent?

Essay Topic 2

Despite the fact that Peter Randall seems to be hiding something and may be implicated in Karen's death, John Berry likes him and hopes to find him innocent. Why? What bonds these two doctors? Why do they have a cordial rapport in spite of apparently working on opposing sides of Art's case?

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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