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

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

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

4. 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?
(a) Convulse and shout.
(b) Scratch his arms intensely.
(c) Sweat and cry.
(d) Tap his feet rapidly.

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) Metastasis.
(d) Exsanguination.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote Researches into the Physical History of Mankind?

2. At what age had Irv Lipsiner suffered a small heart attack, according to the author in Chapter 1?

3. The upper chambers of the human heart are referred to by what name?

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

5. Who is quoted with the following statement in Chapter 6: “Man is an obligate aerobe”?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who is Horace Giddens and how is he described by the author?

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

6. How does the author describe the progression of Alzheimer’s in Chapter 5?

7. How treatable are cardiac events, according to the author in Chapter 1?

8. What are the processes universal to dying described by the author in his Introduction?

9. What medical procedure did Dr. Nuland Perform on James McCarty? What was the outcome?

10. What seven primary causes of death does the author cite for elderly patients in Chapter 4?

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