The House of God Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Samuel Shem
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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. How did the Runt get rid of a patient that came into the EW when he was busy with the Yellow Man?

2. In Chapter 1, what is mentioned by Roy which he sees drip off of Berry's face?

3. What kept being written next to Roy's name all over the hospital?

4. The Grenade Room was called that because why?

5. To figure out the appropriate LASIX dose for a patient, the Fat Man says to add the BUN (Blood Urea Nitrogen) level and what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of internship is Roy reflecting upon in the beginning of the book?

2. What does Roy tell Leggo is the reason that his boys don't love him?

3. Why does the Fat Man say that in internal medicine it's not necessary to see the patients?

4. How does Chuck say he got into medical school?

5. What insignia starts appearing all over the hospital by Roy's name, and what do people take it to mean?

6. What is a SIEVE and a WALL?

7. Why is Roy initially perplexed by the Fat Man's obsession with "The Wizard of Oz"? What does he then realize?

8. What does Molly get Roy for Christmas and what does she admit to him? How does Roy feel about this?

9. In Chapter 10, what happens that forces Roy to really think about death?

10. What is Roy's mother's reaction when she senses his ambivalence about medicine and the internship?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you feel any differently about the medical profession and/or doctors after reading the book? Did you consider doctors to all be virtuous or did you have a feeling some had other intentions than just helping people? Explain if and how your opinion changed.

Essay Topic 2

Roy contemplates whether ethically it is better to lie to save a life, or tell the truth and let someone die. In essence, what is better: justice, or the illusion of justice? Explain both sides of the argument in more detail.

Essay Topic 3

After Potts' death, Roy shuts down completely and according to Berry was acting like a "machine". Why is this specific simile used? What machine-like qualities did Roy possess?

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