The Scalpel and the Silver Bear Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Lori Alvord
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. A ___________ is a song that's needed to cure a person of their illness in the Navajo culture.

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

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

4. A person can live a long time without a ____________, as Alvord has seen time and time again.

5. Alvord inherited the _________ of her people, even though her siblings were proud to be American.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What did other doctors at the Gallup Indian Medical Center find challenging?

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

8. What is the job that Alvord takes after she graduates from Dartmouth?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Alvord decides to avoid any sort of violence when she finds out she is pregnant.

Part 1: Do you think babies can sense violence in the world around them, even in utero?

Part 2: How do you think Alvord is limited in the things she could avoid when pregnant?

Part 3: Why do you think being pregnant means a person needs to change their life? Or does it?

Essay Topic 2

Alvord realized the value of having her patients trust her when she was working with and on them.

Part 1: Why does a patient need to trust their doctor?

Part 2: What happens when a patient does not trust their doctor?

Part 3: How can a patient's health be impacted by a less than positive relationship with a doctor?

Essay Topic 3

Alvord decides to see a medicine man in order to help her with her pregnancy.

Part 1: Why do you think Alvord believes a medicine man can help her?

Part 2: Do you think you would ever see a medicine man or woman?

Part 3: What can a medicine man or woman offer to Alvord that other doctors can not?

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