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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What refers to a thick wall of muscle separating the right side and the left side of the heart?
(a) The neoplasm.
(b) The embolus.
(c) The stigma.
(d) The septum.

2. A person’s heart rate does what annually as they age, according to Dr. Nuland in Chapter 3?
(a) Begins to stagger.
(b) Remains stagnant.
(c) Decreases.
(d) Increases.

3. What word does Dr. Nuland use in Chapter 4 to refer to an impairment of language ability?
(a) Dementia.
(b) Obtundation.
(c) Embolus.
(d) Aphasia.

4. What is the title of Chapter 3 of the book?
(a) “A Strangled Heart.”
(b) “Lessons Learned.”
(c) “Three Score and Ten.”
(d) “Murder and Serenity.”

5. What refers to systematic study of the unique chemical fingerprints that specific cellular processes leave behind?
(a) Chemotherapy.
(b) Pathophysiology.
(c) Metabolomics.
(d) Microbiology.

6. What is the title of Chapter 6?
(a) "The Malevolence of Cancer."
(b) “Doors to Death of the Aged.”
(c) “Murder and Serenity.”
(d) “Three Score and Ten.”

7. What term from Chapter 6 refers to something pertaining to or symptomatic of agony, especially paroxysmal distress, as the death throes?
(a) Finite.
(b) Pandemic.
(c) Agonal.
(d) Myocardial infarction.

8. Dr. Nuland theorizes that 85% of the aging population will die from one of seven primary causes, which he refers to as what in Chapter 4?
(a) The seven horsemen of death.
(b) The seven knives of doom.
(c) The Grim Reaper’s seven sons.
(d) The seven doors to the afterlife.

9. Who was the first physician to correctly diagnose myocardial infarction?
(a) Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D.
(b) Dmitri Ivanovsky.
(c) Lillian Hellman.
(d) Adam Hammer, M.D.

10. The upper chambers of the human heart are referred to by what name?
(a) Embolus.
(b) Ventricles.
(c) Atria.
(d) Plasmid.

11. When did the first correctly diagnosed myocardial infarction occur?
(a) 1878.
(b) 1935.
(c) 1912.
(d) 1893.

12. All but how many names were changed in the stories shared by the author in How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter?
(a) 4.
(b) 1.
(c) 6.
(d) 9.

13. What word from Chapter 5 refers to a wasting away of the body or of an organ or part, as from defective nutrition or nerve damage?
(a) Exsanguination.
(b) Obtundation.
(c) Dementia.
(d) Atrophy.

14. In examining the “Near-Death Experience” in Chapter 6, Dr. Nuland presents statistics from the case studies of what psychologist?
(a) Dmitri Ivanovsky.
(b) William Caxton.
(c) Dr. Kenneth Ring.
(d) G.J. Walker Smith, M.D.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Dr. Nuland’s grandmother eventually die from?

2. Dr. Nuland was in what year of his medical studies when he encountered James McCarty?

3. James McCarty was admitted to the university hospital where Dr. Nuland worked after experiencing what?

4. What is the number three killer of the elderly, according to the author in Chapter 4?

5. What word from Chapter 6 refers to the iron-containing oxygen-transport metalloprotein in the red blood cells of humans?

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