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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 much time has Patrick spent in the hospital?
2. How does Javier feel about Patrick?
3. Who is Victoria Dimas?
4. Who is Sally Olsen?
5. How old is Armando?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are Jake and Taylor's conditions when they are born?
2. What is the situation of the Poarch family at the end of Chapter 2?
3. What question is the Committee facing in Chapter 1?
4. What is the purpose of the Ethics Committee?
5. What happened on the night that Armando was shot?
6. What is the situation of Armando's family?
7. How does Patrick feel about the hospital and its staff, compared to his home and family?
8. How does Javier feel about Patrick?
9. What is Armando's condition, at the beginning of Chapter 4?
10. At the end of Chapter 7, what does the Ethics Committee decide regarding Patrick?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Analyze the individuals on the Ethics Committee. What are their respective opinions about medical care, and life support? How do their opinions clash with one another, at times? Do you think that their level of comfort with one another is detrimental to their ability to work as a team to help patients? Why or why not? If they met more often, and not so sporadically, would they get along better? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 2
Think about the debate over the purpose of medical care. What are the different views presented in the book? Which one do you agree with? Why? At what point does medical care change from improving the quality of a person's life, to simply sustaining that life? Is it selfish to keep someone alive when they have no hope of recovery? Or is it "playing God" to let someone die? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 3
Analyze the personality and actions of Oria Dismuke. Do you feel that she is a bad mother, as many of the hospital staff do, for not being more involved in her son's life? Or is she, as she claims, simply exhausted by working so much, and giving her son's care over to people who are more capable, and know him better than she does? Do you think her reaction to her son's death is normal and healthy? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
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