The House of God Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Why did Roy really go to see the Fat Man in chapter 23?

2. Besides the main five interns, who else raises their hand when asked who wants to take up psychiatry?

3. What mistake did Howie make?

4. Fat Man was a graduate of what school?

5. What does Roy acknowledge about his father when he reads his most recent letter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Pinkus' state of health as opposed to how he used to be?

2. What was happening that made the interns all more isolated from one another?

3. Why was Roy's new intern so nicknamed by him and Chuck, and what did Roy say the new intern lacked?

4. How does Roy claim that many people in the hospital "take out our hatred, our loneliness, our horror with human suffering, and our despair at human endings"?

5. What does Roy see at the Marcel Marceau show that snaps Roy back into reality?

6. When Roy goes to find the Fat Man outside of the hospital, why does he realize that he had never let him see his house before?

7. When the elevator doesn't move, what is Roy's reaction? When he asks Eddie if he's gone nuts, what is his response? What does this show about their states of mind?

8. Why exactly does Chuck get in trouble in chapter 21?

9. Why does Berry say that it is emotionally detrimental for the interns when they move on so quickly from things (like Potts' death) and in spite of everything, act like there is no past?

10. What single incident, with the hepatitis woman, made it hard for Roy "to do extremely well for a minute or two"? How did Roy and the nurse react?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As time went on, Roy began to dehumanize his patients, like Pinkus always did inadvertently. Some doctors believe it is necessary to not look at patients personally, but rather look at them as numbers. They believe being emotionally unattached makes a better overall doctor because they can be impartial. Others believe that if doctors don't look at patients as humans, that there is no point in having doctors at all; why not have robots diagnose patients? If a doctor loses their ability to empathize with their patients, then they shouldn't be doctors. Please explain one side of the argument, backing it up with quotes from the text.

Essay Topic 2

One moment Roy believes the Fat Man to be right about everything, and then he questions him the next moment. For a good amount of time, he believes Pinkus had the right idea about medicine, until he snapped out of it. Why do you believe that Roy had such confusion regarding the different perspectives of the doctors? Was it because he was devoid of an opinion of his own, or was he just susceptible to others' viewpoints?

Essay Topic 3

What caused such emotion to emerge in Roy that makes him snap out of his apathetic state? Explain why you believe such a small incident could bring about such clarity. Use quotes from the book to tie the moment of clarity in with times Roy felt lost, and compare and contrast.

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