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 is the type of bark that can be used to treat scurvy?

2. How many bars does Gallup have for every 50,000 people at the time of the book, according to Alvord?

3. __________ is a reservation border town that spills into New Mexico, so Alvord decides to move there with her grandmother.

4. Which of Alvord's parents is a full-blooded Navajo person, according to this book?

5. What is the last name of Dr. Alvord, according to the description of her life in this chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the ancestral diet of the Navajo, according to 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 find helps her in the education process, though she had not done well in previous biology courses?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bernice's grandmother is hesitant to have Alvord operate on her granddaughter because of past experiences with Anglos.

Part 1: How do you think Bernice's grandmother feels about surgeons?

Part 2: Why do you think the grandmother is unwilling to separate her history from the present day experience?

Part 3: Do you think Alvord should have talked to the child's father in order to get permission to operate?

Essay Topic 2

The Navajo believe the cancer is something that is caused by a bad deed or an evil action.

Part 1: Do you believe the cancer might be partially caused by an action or an emotion?

Part 2: How do you think science shows that cancer is caused by evil actions?

Part 3: Do you think that cancer is something of which to be frightened today?

Essay Topic 3

Because she became a surgeon, many of Alvord's tribe did not recognize her as a Navajo anymore.

Part 1: Why do you think Alvord is less a part of the tribe because of her new role?

Part 2: How do you think Alvord is able to become a stronger part of the tribe because of her healing role?

Part 3: What are the similarities and differences between medicine women and surgeons?

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