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. For Alvord, coming back to the _____________ is difficult and painful at times.

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

3. In what state does Alvord have her surgical practice, according to this chapter?

4. ________ bark can be used to treat pain, and it is still being used today in chemical form.

5. Alvord didn't expect much of college until she met a Navajo student from ____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was the background of one of Alvord's grandfathers, which allows her grandmother to understand Alvord's conflict?

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

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

5. What happens to Alvord's father after his troubles with alcohol?

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

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

8. What is one of the most important parts of Navajo healing in the culture?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Carolyn's sister tells her that the cancer is all her fault, which might be shocking to some readers.

Part 1: Do you think that cancer is every anyone's fault? Why or why not?

Part 2: How do you think you would react if your sibling told you what Carolyn's sister told her?

Part 3: Why do you think Carolyn's sister felt she needed to tell her about the possible cause of her cancer?

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