First, Do No Harm Test | Final Test - Hard

Lisa Belkin
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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 happened to the board of trustees who were supposed to oversee the building of the hospital?

2. How does Armando respond when asked if he wants to be placed on a DNR?

3. What emotions is Armando experiencing in Chapter 9?

4. What is Claire doing at the beginning of Chapter 21?

5. In which month does Chapter 11 end?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Hermann Hospital's financial situation?

2. What are the other two hospitals in Houston?

3. How does Hermann fit in with the other two hospitals in Houston?

4. What condition does Landon have, and why?

5. What is Armando's condition, as described in the Epilogue?

6. What is the Committee's decision regarding Taylor, in Chapter 16?

7. Why did the courts revise Hermann's will after his death?

8. What is the hospital's situation when the book was written in 1988?

9. Why wasn't Hermann Hospital built right away?

10. Who is Cindy Walker?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare Hermann Hospital to the other major hospitals in Houston, Ben Taub and Methodist. How does Hermann fit in with the other two? What sort of experience do Hermann's patients get in comparison to the other hospitals' patients? Why? Should Hermann strive to become more like one of the other hospitals? If so, which one? If not, why? Why does Belkin compare Hermann to these other hospitals? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

The Ethics Committee is comprised of people from a variety of backgrounds, some non-medical. Do you think this is a good thing, or a bad thing? Should the Ethics Committee be composed entirely of medically-trained individuals, since they are making medical decisions? Or do the individuals with non-medical backgrounds contribute something just as important to the Ethics Committee's decision-making process? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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