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. What did Alvord never do as she was not raised in her culture to do so?

2. Where does Alvord decide to work with Gary Rosenberg, according to the book?

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

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

5. Who was often impatient with those who did a poor job and did not like to be questioned?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Thomas Hataathlii perform and do as his profession?

7. What are the allegations made against the Indian Health Service in the 1950s?

8. What does Alvord do in order to support her child's harmony and health during her pregnancy?

9. What is placed on Alvord's body during the c-section procedure?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Alvord did not have a strong bedside manner at the start of her career, though she sought to change this.

Part 1: What are the benefits of having a positive bedside manner?

Part 2: What are some of the benefits of having a less than friendly bedside manner?

Part 3: Would you rather have a friendly doctor or a doctor who doesn't mince words? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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