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Lori Alvord
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. __________ among the Navajo were challenging for some doctors, according to the book's description.
(a) Rites.
(b) Songs.
(c) Superstitions.
(d) Families.

2. For how many days would people in the ceremony help to sing and dance with the person that is ill?
(a) Four.
(b) Nine.
(c) Ten.
(d) Twenty.

3. The school where Alvord is accepted has a __________ Native American community, according to the book.
(a) Vibrant.
(b) Dull.
(c) Decreasing.
(d) Nonexistent.

4. Alvord begins to see how her Native American ________ can aid in her educational process.
(a) Experience.
(b) Story.
(c) Background.
(d) Theology.

5. The Navajo have no word for ________, which is a part of why it is so scary to them when it comes up.
(a) Cancer.
(b) Pain.
(c) Love.
(d) Fear.

6. Alvord respects her patients desire to have __________ before they have any surgery.
(a) Ceremonies.
(b) Sacrifices.
(c) Smoke lodges.
(d) Gatherings of family.

7. ___________ is the only Ivy League school at the time that has more than fifty Native American students.
(a) Harvard.
(b) Dartmouth.
(c) Princeton.
(d) Yale.

8. ________ scares Alvord as well since so many dollars are poured into research, only to have it not be easy to treat.
(a) Cancer.
(b) Influenza.
(c) Pneumonia.
(d) Hanta virus.

9. A person can live a long time without a ____________, as Alvord has seen time and time again.
(a) Voice box.
(b) Bladder.
(c) Gall bladder.
(d) Liver.

10. In which town is Carolyn visiting a clinic during the start of this particular chapter?
(a) Crownpoint.
(b) Chicago.
(c) Gallup.
(d) El Paso.

11. Alvord and her sisters never think the media's representation of ___________ has anything to do with them.
(a) Indians.
(b) Hispanics.
(c) Whites.
(d) Children.

12. When the Navajo become ill, they often wonder what local ______ they broke in order to create the situation of disease.
(a) Promise.
(b) Story.
(c) Ritual.
(d) Water line.

13. Where is Alvord accepted into medical school, a place that is close to where her sister is located?
(a) Stanford.
(b) Loyola Marymount.
(c) Harvard.
(d) Berekley.

14. __________ have a strong role in the Navajo culture, helping to create structure and order.
(a) Men.
(b) Women.
(c) Children.
(d) Elders.

15. ________ bark can be used to treat pain, and it is still being used today in chemical form.
(a) Evergreen.
(b) Willow.
(c) Fir.
(d) Redwood.

Short Answer Questions

1. Navajos do not dream of a __________, as this is not passed down to daughters in the culture.

2. The main concern with cancer among the Navajo people is that they think it is _____________.

3. There is some evidence now that suggests patients are _________ during surgery and this awareness affects them after.

4. Who was often impatient with those who did a poor job and did not like to be questioned?

5. How many Navajo students were at the school of the person that Alvord meets and finds to be an inspiration?

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