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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the name of the university hospital where Dr. Nuland worked when James McCarty was admitted?
(a) The Shriner's Hospital.
(b) St. Paul's Hospital.
(c) The Yale-New Haven Hospital.
(d) St. Joseph’s Hospital.

2. Dr. Nuland states that in another era, death was determined by the lack of a heartbeat. Today, however, death is equated with what?
(a) Lack of breathing.
(b) Lack of blinking.
(c) Loss of brain function.
(d) Loss of body heat.

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

4. Who wrote Researches into the Physical History of Mankind?
(a) James Cowles Prichard.
(b) Phil Whiting.
(c) Harvey Nuland.
(d) Charles Kingsley.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the character of Horace Giddens suffer from?

2. According to Dr. Nuland in Chapter 3, heart muscle and brain cells are unable to do what?

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

4. What fifteenth century printer is quoted in the Introduction as having described the art of dying as “the craft for to deye for the helthe of mannessowle”?

5. According to Dr. Nuland in Chapter 5, as the parts of the brain affected by Alzheimer's increase, eventually the awareness of one's surrounding will be lost, as will what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author say in relation to the expectation of growing old in Chapter 4?

2. How does the author begin his Introduction? What does he say of the primary avenues leading to death in this section of the book?

3. What does Dr. Nuland suggest as the cause for the sense of peace that describes certain individuals who die through severe trauma in Chapter 6?

4. What information does the author relate of stroke fatalities in Chapter 4? Whose assistance does he cite in this chapter?

5. When did the author encounter James McCarty? How is McCarty depicted in Chapter 1?

6. What represents progress in cardiac care, according to the author in Chapter 2?

7. How does the author explain man’s need for oxygen in Chapter 6?

8. How does the author go about explaining the heart’s functions in Chapter 2?

9. What case study does the author use as an example in his discussion of Alzheimer’s in Chapter 5?

10. How are heart problems and heart disease diagnosed and predicted, according to the author in Chapter 2?

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