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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 device helps Armando to talk?
2. Who is Armando's social worker?
3. What is Margo Cox's profession?
4. What changed as a result of the courts' revisions to the founder's will?
5. What decision is made regarding Patrick at the end of Chapter 17?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Armando behave with his nurses at Hermann?
2. How does Hermann fit in with the other two hospitals in Houston?
3. What does Mary try to do for Armando in Chapter 18?
4. What happens to Claire and Kenny Sparks in Chapter 21?
5. What happens to Armando when he arrives at his new facility?
6. What is the hospital's situation when the book was written in 1988?
7. Why did the courts revise Hermann's will after his death?
8. What does Dr. Butler tell Kenny, in Chapter 23, regarding Landon's condition and treatment?
9. Where does the Committee decide to send Armando in Chapter 18?
10. What is Hermann Hospital's financial situation?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Belkin states that the book is about "making choices, and living with them." How well do you think the book conveys this message? Why? Is there anything that Belkin could have done differently to convey the message better? If so, what? Who has to live with the decisions that are made in the book? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 2
Many of the hospital staff develop personal relationships with their patients. Do these personal relationships affect the way the staff treats their patients? Why or why not? Do you think that doctors are really able to set aside their personal feelings, and avoid favoritism among their patients? Why or why not? 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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