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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 do Lin, Randy and Cindy discuss at the beginning of Chapter 10?
2. What decision is made regarding Patrick at the end of Chapter 17?
3. How does Claire give birth to Landon?
4. How is Armando's social worker described?
5. What is an enormous burden on the medical system?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Hermann Hospital's financial situation?
2. What happens to Oria Dismuke after Patrick's death?
3. What happens to the Sparks family, in the four years following the events in the book?
4. What is Armando's mental state at the beginning of Chapter 9?
5. Who is Cindy Walker?
6. What are the guidelines the Committee must follow regarding withdrawing life support, as set forth by Randy in Chapter 25?
7. What is Armando's condition, as described in the Epilogue?
8. What is Mary Coffey's relationship with Armando?
9. What are the other two hospitals in Houston?
10. Why did the courts revise Hermann's will after his death?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the actions and personalities of Patrick and Armando. What is different about their relationships with the hospital staff, and why? What are the similarities and differences in their home situations? What do you think would have happened if they had met? Why do they have such different attitudes about their respective illnesses? 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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