How We Die, Reflections on Life's Final Chapter Test | Final 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. Incidents of tuberculosis in AIDS patients are said to be how many times greater than non-AIDS related cases?

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

3. What term does the author use in the Epilogue to refer to a victory with such a devastating cost that it carries the implication that another such victory will ultimately lead to defeat?

4. Who is the protagonist of The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby?

5. What word from Chapter 10 refers to the transference of malignant or cancerous cells to other parts of the body by way of the blood or lymphatic vessels or membranous surfaces?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why is understanding the finite quality of life important, according to Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland?

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

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

8. What did Dr. Nuland conclude of his decisions regarding his brother’s care in Chapter 11?

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. What are most often the immediate causes of death in cancer patients, according to the author in Chapter 10?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the discovery of AIDS in the U.S. in 1981 and medical progress in the diagnoses, evaluation, and treatment of the disease. How has the prognosis for HIV/AIDS changed in the past decade? What theories explain the spread of AIDS in the United States? Where did AIDS originate?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the impact of the electrocardiogram on modern medicine and treatment. What developments have been made in the past 20 years? What other tests are commonly used today to detect heart muscle damage? How effective are each of these diagnostic tests?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the author’s case study of the woman with breast cancer presented in the Introduction. What are the fears that are illustrated in this example regarding death? What caused the woman the greatest concern about her mother’s passing? How did Dr. Nuland address these fears?

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