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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Dr. Nuland discuss that is also called also called coronary artery or coronary heart disease in Chapter 1?
(a) Ischemic heart disease.
(b) Hodgkinson’s disease.
(c) Alzheimer’s disease.
(d) Corollary heart disease.

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

4. What term, commonly known as a heart attack, results from the interruption of blood supply to a part of the heart, causing heart cells to die?
(a) Transient ischemic attack.
(b) Metastasis.
(c) Aphasia.
(d) Myocardial infarction.

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

6. What refers to the process by which the ability to grow new cells or perform exchanges in muscle, cells, or molecules becomes impossible?
(a) Hypertension.
(b) Exsanguination.
(c) Metastasis.
(d) Cellular aging.

7. What poet is quoted by the author in the Introduction with the line, “Oh Lord, give each of us his own death”?
(a) Dr. Kenneth Ring.
(b) Hippocrates.
(c) Charles Kingsley.
(d) Rainer Maria Rilke.

8. What is the title of Chapter 5?
(a) "Accidents, Suicide, and Euthanasia."
(b) “Alzheimer’s Disease.”
(c) "The Malevolence of Cancer."
(d) “A Valentine—and How it Fails.”

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

10. What was the name of Dr. Nuland’s brother?
(a) Harvey Nuland.
(b) Roger Nuland.
(c) Robert Nuland.
(d) Edmond Nuland.

11. What is the title of Chapter 2 of the book?
(a) “Murder and Serenity.”
(b) “A Valentine—and How it Fails.”
(c) “The Life of a Virus and the Death of a Man.”
(d) “Doors to Death of the Aged.”

12. What is the name of Janet Whiting’s husband described in Chapter 5?
(a) Harvey Nuland.
(b) John Webster.
(c) Phil Whiting.
(d) Dmitri Ivanovsky.

13. According to the author in the Introduction, “Everyone wants to know the details of dying, though few are willing to” what?
(a) “Investigate.”
(b) “Ask the tough questions.”
(c) “Say so.”
(d) “Speculate.”

14. What does the character of Horace Giddens suffer from?
(a) AIDS.
(b) Exsanguination.
(c) Chronic heart disease.
(d) Alzheimer’s Disease.

15. What Latin term does the author use to describe the “art of dying” in the Introduction?
(a) Arsmoriendi.
(b) Manibus date liliaplenis.
(c) Sub divo.
(d) Facfortiaetpatere.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Dr. Nuland in Chapter 3, the molecules in a living organism are what?

2. How many of the most common disease categories does the author intend to focus on, according to the Introduction?

3. What term from Chapter 6 refers to something pertaining to or symptomatic of agony, especially paroxysmal distress, as the death throes?

4. How did Katie Mason die, according to the author in Chapter 6?

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

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