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. What does Roy tell Saul is the only thing he can promise him?

2. In Chapter 15, who lovingly breaks the news to a female patient that she is going to die?

3. Who barges in on Roy and physically makes him go to the show with Berry?

4. Where does Roy pick up the nurse whom he sleeps with?

5. What does Roy contemplate concerning Saul?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Roy ask the Runt about Angel? Why can't the Runt completely answer the question?

2. 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?

3. What started happening around Passover and what was Roy's idea to stop it? Does it work?

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

5. 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?

6. What is Roy's father's reaction to finding out that Roy is going into psychiatry?

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

8. What does Berry say was a huge trigger for Roy's regression?

9. 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"?

10. What does the Fat Man focus on in his workshop? What specialties?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What do you believe is Jo's main reason for becoming a doctor? Roy suggests that it has to do with her past as well as her present social life. Talk about some things that come up about Jo, and explain how this could have affected what kind of a doctor she eventually became.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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