Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Melvin Konner
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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. How does Konner characterize shock therapy?

2. What had Konner been before starting med school?

3. What was Konner's Uncle Bobby's role in Konner's life?

4. What behavior of John Williams' embarrassed Konner?

5. What did Konner think was unrealistic about the doctor he saw on TV?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Konner say brain disease affects a person's personality?

2. What was Konner's second experience in anesthesiology like?

3. How does Konner say that he dealt with Bigelow, the street person?

4. How does Konner characterize his medical student colleagues?

5. How does Konner characterize the split between theories of psychiatric medicine?

6. What explanation does Konner give for why he wrote this book?

7. What crude resident behavior was Konner appalled by?

8. What was Konner's experience with shock therapy?

9. Describe the process of scrubbing in.

10. What were Konner's reasons fro becoming a doctor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the different narrative threads Konner weaves throughout 'Becoming a Doctor'? One is the simple chronological experience of med school. What developments take place, and how does Konner's personality, or how do his attitudes about medicine or illness or his own identity change throughout the course of the book? Where do these themes intersect? How are they developed?

Essay Topic 2

What is it about Konner's writing that makes it so funny? What expectations is he playing upon? How would you characterize his humor? Light? Dark? Cynical? What feelings is humor meant to help him cope with/avoid/mitigate?

Essay Topic 3

Does Konner gain or lose authority by not practicing medicine, and by returning instead to anthropology? What specifically does he gain, as he criticizes and portrays the medical system? What specifically does he lose by not practicing?

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