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

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

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

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

5. Alvord sees alcohol as the lubrication of __________ which allows other people to dominate the Navajo people.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Alvord notices that many surgeons look at human beings like machines, rather than human beings.

Part 1: Why might a surgeon look at a patient like a machine?

Part 2: What is the value of depersonalizing and dehumanizing a surgical patient?

Part 3: How might a surgeon do better work if they look at patients like human beings?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Alvord's mother was unlike other Navajo mothers, encouraging her daughters to want more in life.

Part 1: Do you think it's a good idea to encourage children to want more out of life?

Part 2: Why do you think the Navajo do not encourage children to want more from life?

Part 3: How do you feel about wanting more out of your own life?

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