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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. Alvord knows that _______ patients needed to be handled with care, especially when it comes to end of life decisions.
(a) Navajo.
(b) Male.
(c) Lakota.
(d) Female.

2. What is the job that Alvord gets when she is in high school and is interested in medicine?
(a) Reservation pharmacy.
(b) Medicine apprentice.
(c) Veterinarian assistant.
(d) She doesn't have a job.

3. 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.

4. Drunk driving arrests in Gallup exceed _________ per year, according to Alvord at the time of writing this book.
(a) 10,000.
(b) 50,000.
(c) 25,000.
(d) 100,000.

5. Navajos do not dream of a __________, as this is not passed down to daughters in the culture.
(a) Single life.
(b) Education.
(c) Better life.
(d) Marriage.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Patients are made to be _________ in the traditional medicine system, according to this book.

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

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

5. The form of healing that is used in the Navajo culture is the idea of walking in ___________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Alvord find helps her in the education process, though she had not done well in previous biology courses?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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