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

2. 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?

3. The human heart is enclosed in a double-walled protective sac called what?

4. What word from Chapter 4 refers to any detached, traveling intravascular mass carried by circulation which is capable of clogging arterial capillary beds at a site distant from its point of origin?

5. What is the motto of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author begin his Introduction? What does he say of the primary avenues leading to death in this section of the book?

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

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

4. What medical advances does the author cite in the study of myocardial infarction in Chapter 2?

5. 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?

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

7. How is “legal death” defined by the author in Chapter 6?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization. How is “death” defined by each of these organizations? How must death be accounted for? Why does Dr. Nuland refer to death as having been turned into a bureaucracy?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss Lillian Hellman’s play, The Little Foxes, and specifically the character of Horace Giddens. How is Giddens’ character described in the play? Why is he discussed in How We Die? What three expected causes of death does the author describe for Horace Giddens?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the six primary avenues leading to death as defined in the Introduction of the book. Which of these avenues affects the elderly principally? Which are more common among the young? Were there any avenues on this list that surprised you? Why or why not?

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