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

2. Where is Alvord accepted into medical school, a place that is close to where her sister is located?

3. What is the cultural background of Alvord's mother, according to this section?

4. Alvord believes that patient _______ are dehumanizing and inharmonious, according to her description.

5. How many Navajo students were at the school of the person that Alvord meets and finds to be an inspiration?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Alvord believe her story is important for Navajo girls to hear, which is why she writes this book?

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

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

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

6. What does Alvord find helps her in the education process, though she had not done well in previous biology courses?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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 3

A medicine man is the one who realizes the cause of the unexplained deaths in the Navajo reservation.

Part 1: Why do you think no one else could determine the possible cause of the Navajo plague?

Part 2: How is it that the media didn't point out the help of the medicine man?

Part 3: Do you think anyone else would have been able to determine the cause of the plague?

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