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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. To the students at Alvord's new college, the reservation would appear to be a ______________.
(a) Mine field.
(b) Catastrophe.
(c) Third world country.
(d) War zone.

2. Alvord inherited the _________ of her people, even though her siblings were proud to be American.
(a) Happiness.
(b) Sorrow.
(c) Grief.
(d) Peace.

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

4. Alvord's new home is located close to the _________, and her grandmother Grace will live with her there.
(a) Reservation.
(b) Hospital.
(c) Training facilities.
(d) School.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Navajo people often want the removed _________ back after the surgery is complete, according to tradition.

2. Alvord begins to see how her Native American ________ can aid in her educational process.

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

4. The fact that Alvord is a _______ often meant that she was not recognized as a Navajo by her fellow tribespeople.

5. The school where Alvord is accepted has a __________ Native American community, according to the book.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What are some of the roles that a woman may play within the matriarchal society of the Navajo?

6. What does Gary Rosenberg encourage Alvord to do, though she had not considered it for herself before that time?

7. What kind of job does Alvord have when she is fourteen and living on the reservation?

8. What is something Alvord's mother teaches her, though it is not common in the Navajo culture?

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

10. What is the ancestral diet of the Navajo, according to Alvord?

(see the answer keys)

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