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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. In what year did Harold Bliss die?
(a) 1941.
(b) 1933.
(c) 1899.
(d) 1920.

2. How tall was Robert DeMatteis?
(a) 6'1".
(b) 5’8”.
(c) 5’4”.
(d) 6'3".

3. When was Leo Tolstoy born?
(a) 1795.
(b) 1874.
(c) 1851.
(d) 1828.

4. What are the most common neurological problems associated with HIV?
(a) Chronic depression and anxiety disorders.
(b) AIDS dementia and toxoplasmosis.
(c) Advanced Alzheimer’s disease.
(d) Schizophrenia and depression.

5. What is a common refrain of doctors and nurses in the treatment of the terminally ill, according to the author in Chapter 11?
(a) “Treat the family and the patient.”
(b) “Treat the patient. Not the disease.”
(c) “Because I believed he would live.”
(d) “Because I didn't want to take away his only hope.”

Short Answer Questions

1. What refers to the treatment of cancer with an antineoplastic drug or with a combination of such drugs into a standardized treatment regimen?

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. It is suggested that Ishmael Garcia contracted HIV by what means?

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

5. What does Dr. Nuland say influenced the medical decisions he made in his brother's care in Chapter 11?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do accidents, suicide, and euthanasia differ from other causes of death, according to the author in Chapter 7?

2. How is the progression of AIDS described in Chapter 9?

3. How are viruses spread? What does the author use as an example in Chapter 9?

4. What does the author state regarding dignity in death in the Epilogue?

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

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

7. What author does Dr. Nuland cite in Chapter 12? Why?

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

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

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

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