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 NOT have that makes it difficult when she wants to apply to medical school?

2. ___________ is the only Ivy League school at the time that has more than fifty Native American students.

3. Robert teachers his daughters simple Navajo ________ as well a explains to them the interconnectedness of the world.

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

5. Alvord's grandmother _________ understands the complexities of living two lives, as she comes from a mixed background.

Short Essay Questions

1. Who has an alcohol problem, which leads Alvord to see alcoholism as a disease?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Alvord want to remember as she is experiencing the labor and its complications?

8. What do Alvord and Jon decide to do to begin the labor process with Kodi?

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

10. What is the elective surgery that Florena Woody has, which is generally complication free?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Alvord had to make a difficult decision when she left the reservation to attend her school.

Part 1: Why is it difficult for Alvord to leave the reservation?

Part 2: How could Alvord have made the transition smoother for herself and for her family?

Part 3: Do you think it's always necessary to be uncomfortable in order to become successful or educated?

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

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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