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 is the Black Crow Award given for?

2. Chuck says that Howie's dose he gave a patient is equivalent to what?

3. In Chapter 20, what is Roy's theory for the large influx of recent deaths?

4. Who were the Blue Blazers?

5. Roy realized what about the Fat Man and his inventions?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Roy start to dislike the Fat Man? What does Berry think?

2. 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"?

3. What does Jo say, after one of her patients dies, that shows her to be totally devoid of emotion or compassion?

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

5. When Roy finds out that Molly is seeing another intern named Howie, what kind of hypothetical situation does he conjure up in his mind?

6. 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?

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

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

9. What does the new extract the Fat Man created, and what is its one side effect?

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

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

The Fat Man teaches his interns that most of the time doing nothing to their patients is better than trying to save their lives. Often when a doctor does tests and gives medication, other ailments result and the patients are worse off then when they arrived. Jo and Dr. Leggo disagree with this mentality and believe that everything should be done to try to save someone's life. Explore both viewpoints and pinpoint what morals each one exemplifies.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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