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Sherwin B. Nuland
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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. When was The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby published?
(a) 1883.
(b) 1863.
(c) 1918.
(d) 1824.

2. According to the author in Chapter 7, the combination of accidents, suicide, and euthanasia comprise one of the foremost causes of death in those under what age?
(a) 44.
(b) 56.
(c) 77.
(d) 65.

3. What refers to a DNA molecule that is separate from and can replicate independently of the chromosomal DNA?
(a) Plasmid.
(b) Hemoglobin.
(c) Embolus.
(d) Atria.

4. According to the author in Chapter 12, “The Hippocratic philosophy of medicine declares that nothing should be more important to a physician than” what?
(a) The best interests of the patient.
(b) A continuous study of medicine.
(c) The total curing of a disease.
(d) Treating only patients with insurance.

5. The author claims in the Epilogue, “I will not allow a specialist to decide” what?
(a) “Who lives and who dies.”
(b) “When to begin treatment.”
(c) “How to begin treatment.”
(d) “When to let go.”

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the title of Chapter 11?

2. The author claims in the Epilogue, “We live today in the era not of the art of dying, but of the art of” what?

3. The author states in the Epilogue, “I am more interested in how a man lives than” what?

4. What term from Chapter 7 refers to less than full mental capacity in a medical patient?

5. What refers to the rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author assert regarding assisted suicide for the elderly in Chapter 7?

2. How much money goes into the study of HIV, according to the author in Chapter 8? What have been the results of those studies?

3. What article by Percival Pott is described in Chapter 10? What does Dr. Nuland conclude regarding the article?

4. What is the central message in Chapter 12? How is hope related to this message?

5. What case study does the author cite in discussing AIDS and HIV in the beginning of Chapter 8?

6. How does the author begin Chapter 12? What does Dr. Nuland cite as his learning experiences in this chapter?

7. What conclusions did John Seidman reach regarding death and the dying?

8. What does the author caution the reader against in Chapter 12? Why?

9. What is the underlying influence for a person’s capacity for hope when facing terminal disease, according to the author in Chapter 11?

10. How is the etymology of cancer related to its progression as a disease?

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