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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. Navajos have a strong cultural belief that they should never touch _____________.
(a) The liars.
(b) The living.
(c) The dead.
(d) The sick.

2. A person can live a long time without a ____________, as Alvord has seen time and time again.
(a) Gall bladder.
(b) Voice box.
(c) Liver.
(d) Bladder.

3. The Navajo are taught to always be _________ in dealing with others in their lives.
(a) Quiet.
(b) Sullen.
(c) Secretive.
(d) Humble.

4. Alvord believes that patient _______ are dehumanizing and inharmonious, according to her description.
(a) Charts.
(b) Summaries.
(c) Histories.
(d) Progress notes.

5. Alvord and her sisters never think the media's representation of ___________ has anything to do with them.
(a) Whites.
(b) Hispanics.
(c) Children.
(d) Indians.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How many sisters does Dr. Alvord have, according to her family history?

3. What is the color the overwhelms Alvord when she first gets onto her college campus?

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

5. How many bars does Gallup have for every 50,000 people at the time of the book, according to Alvord?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Alvord learn from her grandmother, Grace Cupp, as she grows up on the reservation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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