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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. The author states in the Epilogue, “For those who die and those who love them, a realistic expectation is the surest path to” what?
(a) “Healing.”
(b) “Resolution.”
(c) “Normality.”
(d) “Tranquility.”

2. The protagonist of The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby falls into a river after encountering what upper-class girl?
(a) Susan.
(b) Ellie.
(c) Nicole.
(d) Mary.

3. By what title is Hippocrates often referred?
(a) The father of Western medicine.
(b) Ancient Rome’s official physician.
(c) The doctor of ancient Greece.
(d) The ancient witchdoctor.

4. The average virus is what fraction of the size of the average bacterium?
(a) One-fiftieth.
(b) One-fifth.
(c) One-hundredth.
(d) One-tenth.

5. Virology is a sub-specialty of what scientific study?
(a) Microbiology.
(b) Epidemiology.
(c) Neurology.
(d) Archeology.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did symptoms indicate that Ishmael Garcia’s lungs were infected?

2. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act in the United States, children under what age may not be employed?

3. What term does the author use in the Epilogue to refer to a person who investigates and attempts to resolve complaints and problems?

4. What individual does the author describe as having lost several friends, colleagues, and a lover to cancer and AIDS in Chapter 9?

5. Who wrote The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby?

Short Essay Questions

1. How would you characterize the language of How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter?

2. What does the author state in regard to the stigma of AIDS and HIV in Chapter 8?

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

4. According to the author in Chapter 11, what is most often the influencing factor in treating the terminally ill?

5. What made Robert DeMatteis memorable to Dr. Nuland as a patient?

6. What problems and diseases are associated with those infected with AIDS, according to the author in Chapter 9?

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

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

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

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

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