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

2. For Alvord, coming back to the _____________ is difficult and painful at times.
(a) Hut.
(b) Hospital.
(c) Smaller cities.
(d) Reservation.

3. What is the type of cancer that Carolyn Yazzie has, as described during this section of the book?
(a) Lung.
(b) Brain.
(c) Bone.
(d) Breast.

4. Cupp is barred from speaking ________ when he is in school, which causes the assimilation of the culture.
(a) English.
(b) Navajo.
(c) Lakota.
(d) Sioux.

5. Alvord sees alcohol as the lubrication of __________ which allows other people to dominate the Navajo people.
(a) Conflagration.
(b) Trepidation.
(c) Domination.
(d) Consternation.

Short Answer Questions

1. Alvord comes to look at the ________ of the being of each of her patients, according to the book.

2. Cancer is seen as a great ________ to the Navajo people, caused by an evil action or evil deed.

3. Which of Alvord's parents is a full-blooded Navajo person, according to this book?

4. Alvord believes that patient _______ are dehumanizing and inharmonious, according to her description.

5. Where is Alvord encouraged to go by Rosenberg, even though she does not think she is capable?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Alvord seek to treat when she is managing her patients, a way that develops over time?

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

6. What do the Navajo people think causes cancer in those who are stricken with it?

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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