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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. During the ceremony, many people sing songs that talk about the beauty of the _____________.
(a) Earth.
(b) Universe.
(c) Shooting stars.
(d) Sick person.

2. The main concern with cancer among the Navajo people is that they think it is _____________.
(a) Magic.
(b) Contagious.
(c) Deadly.
(d) Black magic.

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

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

5. In what state was Dr. Alvord born before she was moved onto the reservation with her parents?
(a) California.
(b) Oregon.
(c) Texas.
(d) Washington.

6. The Navajo are taught to always be _________ in dealing with others in their lives.
(a) Secretive.
(b) Humble.
(c) Sullen.
(d) Quiet.

7. How many sisters does Dr. Alvord have, according to her family history?
(a) Three.
(b) Zero.
(c) Two.
(d) One.

8. What is the type of bark that can be used to treat scurvy?
(a) Maple.
(b) Orange tree.
(c) Evergreen tree.
(d) Birch.

9. __________ is a reservation border town that spills into New Mexico, so Alvord decides to move there with her grandmother.
(a) Truckee.
(b) Pueblo.
(c) Gallup.
(d) Auburn.

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

11. What is NOT one of the components of a normal Navajo diet?
(a) Limited meat.
(b) Sweets.
(c) Beans.
(d) Grains.

12. Patients are made to be _________ in the traditional medicine system, according to this book.
(a) Dehumanized.
(b) Passive.
(c) Dramatized.
(d) Active.

13. Cancer is seen as a great ________ to the Navajo people, caused by an evil action or evil deed.
(a) Destruction.
(b) Horror.
(c) Concern.
(d) Abomination.

14. Alvord wants to bring in a __________ for Carolyn in order to help her with her cancer.
(a) Cancer specialist.
(b) Medicine man.
(c) Family member.
(d) New treatment.

15. What is the type of surgery that Evelyn Bitsui has to have during this section of the book's narrative?
(a) Gallbladder.
(b) Breast cancer.
(c) Lung.
(d) Pelvic.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Navajo have no word for ________, which is a part of why it is so scary to them when it comes up.

2. For how many days would people in the ceremony help to sing and dance with the person that is ill?

3. Alvord and her sisters never think the media's representation of ___________ has anything to do with them.

4. What did Alvord NOT have that makes it difficult when she wants to apply to medical school?

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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