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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is described by the author in Chapter 5 as a physician who will investigate a disease by evaluating its origins and symptoms?
(a) Neurologist.
(b) Optometrist.
(c) Radiologist.
(d) Pathophysiologist.

2. According to Dr. Nuland in Chapter 3, the molecules in a living organism are what?
(a) Finite.
(b) Infinite.
(c) Not subject to mutation.
(d) Subject to mutation.

3. When was Researches into the Physical History of Man published?
(a) 1864.
(b) 1775.
(c) 1913.
(d) 1813.

4. How did Katie Mason die, according to the author in Chapter 6?
(a) She had an aneurysm.
(b) She had AIDS.
(c) She was murdered.
(d) She had cancer.

5. Where was Irv Lipsiner when he suffered from complete cardiac heart failure, according to the author in Chapter 1?
(a) A tennis court.
(b) At his office.
(c) In his home.
(d) A hiking trail.

6. According to the author in Chapter 4, whereas a young person might have been able to fight off or change the course of illness, the elderly are attacked when the body's parts-replacement process is what?
(a) At its weakest.
(b) At its limit.
(c) No longer functioning.
(d) In overdrive.

7. What is the first of the four degrees of incoherence discussed in Chapter 5?
(a) Colonic insanity.
(b) Chronic insanity.
(c) Moral insanity.
(d) Virtual insanity.

8. What is the motto of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services?
(a) “Improving the health, safety, and well-being of America.”
(b) “Looking after America’s Health.”
(c) “Looking after the sick and injured.”
(d) “Liberty, Health, and Freedom.”

9. Dr. Nuland compares the metabolic changes of aging to what in Chapter 3?
(a) A decaying piece of fruit.
(b) The parts-replacement capability in a machine.
(c) A truck rusting in the field.
(d) A computer becoming obsolete.

10. Horace Giddens is a character in what play?
(a) The Little Foxes.
(b) A Long Day’s Journey into Night.
(c) Hamlet.
(d) The Maltese Falcon.

11. James McCarty was admitted to the university hospital where Dr. Nuland worked after experiencing what?
(a) Pressure in his chest and left side.
(b) Loss of hearing.
(c) A pain in his right knee.
(d) Loss of vision.

12. When were electrocardiograms invented?
(a) 1842.
(b) 1877.
(c) 1903.
(d) 1920.

13. According to the author in Chapter 6, lack of oxygen to any major organ can induce what?
(a) Dementia.
(b) Obtundation.
(c) Shock.
(d) Cellular aging.

14. Dr. Nuland was in what year of his medical studies when he encountered James McCarty?
(a) His sixth year.
(b) His first year.
(c) His third year.
(d) His seventh year.

15. How old was Dr. Nuland’s grandmother when he was born?
(a) 56.
(b) 61.
(c) 78.
(d) 68.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the third of the seven most common causes of death for 85% of the elderly population, as discussed in Chapter 4?

2. What refers to a thick wall of muscle separating the right side and the left side of the heart?

3. While in the midst of doing his admission paperwork, Dr. Nuland observed James McCarty begin to do what, according to the author in Chapter 1?

4. The lower chambers of the human heart are referred to by what name?

5. Who was the first physician to correctly diagnose myocardial infarction?

(see the answer keys)

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