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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. 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) Dementia.
(b) Obtundation.
(c) Atrophy.
(d) Exsanguination.

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

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

5. What word from Chapter 6 refers to the fatal process of blood loss, to a degree sufficient to cause death?
(a) Asphyxia.
(b) Dementia.
(c) Exsanguination.
(d) Metastasis.

6. What medical procedure did Dr. Nuland perform on James McCarty, according to the author in Chapter 1?
(a) A lobotomy.
(b) A thoracotomy.
(c) A menisectomy.
(d) A vasectomy.

7. According to the Introduction author Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D. is the literary editor of what periodical?
(a) The East Coast Journal of Medicine.
(b) The Journal of Atlantic Medicine.
(c) Connecticut Medicine.
(d) The New York Medical Review.

8. 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.

9. 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) Cellular aging.
(c) Exsanguination.
(d) Metastasis.

10. How old was James McCarty when he was admitted to the university hospital where Dr. Nuland worked?
(a) 18.
(b) 43.
(c) 35.
(d) 52.

11. 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 limit.
(b) No longer functioning.
(c) At its weakest.
(d) In overdrive.

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

13. What is the first of the seven most common causes of death for 85% of the elderly population, as discussed in Chapter 4?
(a) Hypertension.
(b) Transient ischemic attack.
(c) Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.
(d) Decreased resistance to infection.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What director of the autopsy service of the Yale-New Haven Hospital does Dr. Nuland credit for his assistance in Chapter 4?

2. Horace Giddens is described by Dr. Nuland as what in Chapter 2?

3. From what author does the following quote come that opens the Introduction: “… death hath ten thousand several doors / For men to make their exits”?

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?

5. What refers to an often serious and body-altering physical injury, such as the removal of a limb?

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