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Lori Alvord
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. A ___________ is a song that's needed to cure a person of their illness in the Navajo culture.
(a) Beauty Way.
(b) Songway.
(c) Blessingway.
(d) Chantway.

2. Drunk driving arrests in Gallup exceed _________ per year, according to Alvord at the time of writing this book.
(a) 100,000.
(b) 10,000.
(c) 25,000.
(d) 50,000.

3. Alvord believes a part of the problem with Evelyn's outcome is that Alvord does not __________ the patient.
(a) Examine.
(b) Believe.
(c) Trust.
(d) Know.

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

5. What subject in school has always fascinated Alvord?
(a) English.
(b) Music.
(c) History.
(d) Human anatomy.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The form of healing that is used in the Navajo culture is the idea of walking in ___________.

3. What part of Evelyn's body is partially paralyzed as a result of the surgery, according to the book?

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

5. Where is Alvord accepted into medical school, a place that is close to where her sister is located?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who has an alcohol problem, which leads Alvord to see alcoholism as a disease?

2. How does Alvord continue to celebrate her animal totem and her strong sense of self?

3. What is the problem that requires Dezbah Tsosie to have surgery with Alvord?

4. What does Alvord have to do as a child growing up that causes her to choose between her heritages?

5. What do the Navajo first think when they become ill or sick with any kind of disease?

6. What did Alvord know about the Night Chant, despite what her medical training taught her?

7. What did other doctors at the Gallup Indian Medical Center find challenging?

8. What was the background of one of Alvord's grandfathers, which allows her grandmother to understand Alvord's conflict?

9. Why does Alvord believe her story is important for Navajo girls to hear, which is why she writes this book?

10. What does Alvord think about patient histories and how they describe the patients?

(see the answer keys)

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