Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School Test | Final 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 had Barb's midwife treated the condition that formed the complications?

2. What part of child birth didn't Konner like?

3. What comment about Charlotte was red-penciled off her chart?

4. What organ did Konner remove during his first autopsy?

5. How did Dr. Harrison rate Konner's performance?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the laparotomy Konner assisted in.

2. How does Konner describe his reasons for not practicing?

3. How does Konner characterize pathology and its place in the spectrum of medical services?

4. Describe Konner's conversation with the friend who wanted to apply to med school.

5. What African ritual does Konner describe relative to birth?

6. What happened when Konner confronted Dr. Brass?

7. Who was Konner's first patient in gynecology?

8. How did Konner spend non-surgical afternoons in gynecology?

9. What does the mnemonic "Every Damn Fool In Egypt Eats Eggs" stand for?

10. How did Konner violate the rules of obstetrics under Chief Resident Caggiola?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Konner feels conflicted between psychoanalysis and psycho-pharmacology approaches to psychiatric treatment. How does he resolve this conflict within himself? What other conflicts does he feel, and how does he resolve them? Choose one and describe the reason for Konner's sense of self-conflict, as well as his method of resolving the conflict for himself.

Essay Topic 2

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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