How We Die, Reflections on Life's Final Chapter Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sherwin B. Nuland
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where do Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D. and his family currently live, according to the Introduction?

2. What refers to neurotransmitters that are produced by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus in vertebrates during exercise, excitement, pain, consumption of spicy food, love and orgasm?

3. Irv Lipsiner is described as an athlete and what in Chapter 1?

4. In examining the “Near-Death Experience” in Chapter 6, Dr. Nuland presents statistics from the case studies of what psychologist?

5. What refers to the process by which the ability to grow new cells or perform exchanges in muscle, cells, or molecules becomes impossible?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the brain and heart change as a person ages, according to the author in Chapter 3?

2. How does the author describe the metabolic changes of aging in Chapter 3?

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

4. What is related of Irv Lipsiner in Chapter 1? What was Lipsiner’s medical history?

5. How does the author describe the degeneration of his grandmother in Chapter 3?

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

7. 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?

8. What differences does the author cite between the young and the old in dealing with the seven causes of death in Chapter 4?

9. What does the author beseech of the reader in his Introduction to How We Die?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss John Seidman’s experiences with death as discussed in Chapter 9. What did Seidman experience as he lost friends and family to AIDS and cancer? How did he describe the healing process that took place during the deaths of his loved ones? Have you experienced the death of a loved one? If so, how did your experience relate to those of Seidman?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and analyze the characteristics of James McCarty in Chapter 1. What evidence described by the author indicates that McCarty was prone to heart problems? How did Dr. Nuland respond when McCarty had a heart attack? What medical procedure was performed?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the works of William Osler and Lewis Thomas. What theories and philosophies did these individuals present? What were the Ingersoll Lectures? Why does the author view the philosophies of William Osler and Lewis Thomas to be deceiving?

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