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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. Who states that Dezbah is healed from her surgery, according to this section of the book?
(a) The tea leaves.
(b) A child.
(c) Medicine man.
(d) Her family.

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

3. Alvord's __________, due to her training as a surgeon, often makes her look like a white woman.
(a) Rules.
(b) Clothing.
(c) Appearance.
(d) Movements.

4. Robert Cupp is Alvord's father, and knew everyone, every animal, and every _____________ in the area.
(a) Shadow.
(b) Geographical location.
(c) Car.
(d) Book.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Alvord's first name, as given to her when she was born?

2. Alvord didn't expect much of college until she met a Navajo student from ____________.

3. In which town is Carolyn visiting a clinic during the start of this particular chapter?

4. What is the type of bark that can be used to treat scurvy?

5. What is NOT one of the components of a normal Navajo diet?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Alvord arrange for a cancer patient, Carolyn Yazzie, when she is diagnosed with breast cancer?

2. What happens to Alvord's father after his troubles with alcohol?

3. What is one of the most important parts of Navajo healing in the culture?

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

5. What happens during the surgery of Evelyn Bitsui, which leads to Alvord improving her bedside manner?

6. What was special about the student population at Dartmouth, where Alvord sent her college application?

7. Why are end of life decisions difficult for many Navajos to make, according to Alvord's observations?

8. What are the Navajo discouraged from doing in order to become more humble?

9. What could the Navajo people not believe about the disease of cancer, as they had no word for it?

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

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