A Whole New Life Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where was Price taken after surgery?

2. Which condition is NOT emblematic of Cushing's disease?

3. What does Price say he began to do more often?

4. Who is Diana Betz?

5. What did Reynolds Price's dying friend tell him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the first prognosis for Price's condition?

2. What was "The Eel"?

3. What did Price's friend from Florida do for him?

4. How does Price say his friends and family reacted to his illness?

5. What does Price say was the good news in his prognosis?

6. What does Price say was most difficult about the early weeks of radiation therapy?

7. What does Price say he asked for the morning after he heard the voice tell him what kind of suffering he would have to endure?

8. How athletic was Price?

9. Describe Price's profound dream.

10. Describe Price's stay with Marcia Bennett.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Price's family and community as they are described in the book. How close are they? What are their core beliefs? How did Price fit in with them? Well, or badly? Using examples from the text, describe Price's relationship with the people who were close to him when he became sick.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Price's account of the medical establishment. What insights does he offer? What criticisms? What does Price's portrait of the medical establishment tell us about him? Using examples from the text, analyze Price's portrait of doctors and nurses and support therapists he met. What recommendations and reforms would his book suggest?

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate your own reading of "A Whole New Life"--did you resist it, or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.

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