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. For what did John Williams set records?

2. What did interns do after rounds?

3. What criticism does Konner make of the surgery that went on for three hours?

4. What does Konner say the younger students do not have, which older students do?

5. What distinguished Peter Byron's patient care?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Konner say med school affected him personally?

2. What effect does Konner's opening anecdote have as a first taste of the book?

3. What was the controversy around the patient Ruskin operated on?

4. Describe the process of scrubbing in.

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

6. How does Konner characterize the anesthesiologist's job?

7. How does Konner describe Gerald Edwards' brain surgery?

8. What was Konner's experience in Africa, and what is its relation to Konner's current studies?

9. How does Konner describe his first experience anesthetizing a patient?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which person or scene exemplifies everything Konner loves about medicine? Which person or scene exemplifies everything he loathed about the medical industry? Using examples from the text, describe the scenes or character that consolidate Konner's feelings about his training.

Essay Topic 2

Write a character sketch of the author based on his style and content. What values does he hold dear? What are his hopes and fears? What kind of person do you think he is? Anchor your sketch in passages in the book.

Essay Topic 3

How does Konner balance scientific medicine against humanitarian interest in his experience as a medical student? How does his balance differ from or resemble the balance other medical students strike?

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