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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. Where does Teresa often see the Sparks?
2. What decision is made regarding Patrick at the end of Chapter 17?
3. What do Lin, Randy and Cindy discuss at the beginning of Chapter 10?
4. Why is Armando able to find peace at Bart's?
5. What is the situation of Hermann at the time the book was written?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Armando behave with his nurses at Hermann?
2. Why did the courts revise Hermann's will after his death?
3. What is Mary Coffey's relationship with Armando?
4. Who was the founder of Hermann Hospital, and how did he make his fortune?
5. What happens to Armando when he arrives at his new facility?
6. What is Hermann Hospital's financial situation?
7. What does Dr. Butler tell Kenny, in Chapter 23, regarding Landon's condition and treatment?
8. Where does the Committee decide to send Armando in Chapter 18?
9. What happened to Javier after he quit Hermann?
10. How does Hermann fit in with the other two hospitals in Houston?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The Ethics Committee at Hermann is a very important part of the hospital's function. Why is their job so important? What would happen to the functioning of the hospital, if the Ethics Committee did not exist? What would the doctors have to do differently? How does the Ethics Committee help to comfort patients' families when they have to make difficult decisions? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 2
Sometimes, as in Taylor's case, the life support that keeps a patient alive also damages their health. What do you think should be done in such a case? At what point do the risks of the treatment outweigh the benefits? How can this be decided? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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