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. What did Price dream vividly about?

2. What is Dr. Simonton's field?

3. Where does Price say he experienced constant pain?

4. What work was Price waiting to resume while he was in radiation therapy?

5. Where was Price taken after surgery?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Price say his relationship with Jesus changed throughout the course of his cancer treatment?

2. What does Price say he learned about his tumor?

3. What effect did radiation therapy have on Price's body?

4. What does Price say he did to make his condition more bearable?

5. What was Reynolds Price's condition at the beginning of the "A Whole New Life"?

6. What was "The Eel"?

7. What did Price's doctors recommend for the next step after surgery?

8. What was Price's emotional reaction to his condition?

9. Describe Price's profound dream.

10. What radiation regimen was Price placed on?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of Price's dream of Jesus in Lake Kinnareth? How does Price use this image and the stories that are related to it in his own account? What resonance does the image of Jesus at Lake Kinnareth, and the Bible stories associated with that lake, have with the events Price describes in Whole New Life?

Essay Topic 2

Price says that illness was new in his life, but at the beginning of the book, he was 51, and just starting to see the effect of age. Using examples from the text, describe how Price had expected his future to go, and how it differed from the future he expected to have. How did Price prepare himself for the future he expected to have? How well prepared was he for the future he had to live with instead?

Essay Topic 3

The AIDS epidemic began in the U.S. in 1981, only a few years before Price's illness. How does the spectre of AIDS appear in the book, and how does Price handle the panic and dread that comes from a possible death sentence (even though his condition was quite different from AIDS)? Are there thematic similarities with AIDS patients, that give AIDS a resonance in "A Whole New Life"?

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