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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. What did Alvord NOT have that makes it difficult when she wants to apply to medical school?
(a) Money.
(b) Health.
(c) Books.
(d) Time.

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

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

4. Alvord knows that Carolyn's life lacks _________, which might have helped cause her cancer, but she keeps this knowledge to herself.
(a) Beauty.
(b) Nutrition.
(c) Honesty.
(d) Balance.

5. It is revealed later on that Alvord's paternal grandfather was a ___________ man.
(a) Lakota.
(b) Black.
(c) Chinese.
(d) Navajo.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who tells Carolyn that the cancer is her fault, according to the description in this section of the book?

2. Drunk driving arrests in Gallup exceed _________ per year, according to Alvord at the time of writing this book.

3. When the Navajo become ill, they often wonder what local ______ they broke in order to create the situation of disease.

4. In what state was Dr. Alvord born before she was moved onto the reservation with her parents?

5. As a child, Alvord often has to decide whether to play with the _________ or the whites in their neighborhood and schools.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What happens among the Navajo people when Alvord becomes a doctor?

6. How does Alvord see alcohol and its impact on the Native American people?

7. What is the background of Alvord's parents which makes her distinctly capable of working within two worlds of thought?

8. What did Alvord find to be the case with many professional surgeons around her?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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