The Scalpel and the Silver Bear Test | Final 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. Thomas also knows parts of the nine day _________ ceremony.

2. What is the position Jon holds when he first meets Lori in this book?

3. Who does Alvord decide to talk to in order to get the surgery to happen?

4. Alvord decides to stop watching _________ television and movies when she is pregnant to help the child grow positively.

5. What is NOT one of the things Jon and Lori do when they are waiting for the labor to begin?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What do the medicine men point out to Alvord and others when the deaths begin to occur in the reservation?

5. What is special about Thomas' position as a medicine man in 1955?

6. What is so special to the Navajo about a baby's first laugh, according to Alvord?

7. What is the added problem that comes along with the larger than normal harvest on the reservation?

8. Why is Alvord hesitant to become involved with a white man, according to her writing?

9. What are some of the feelings that Alvord has during the ceremony that Thomas does for Alvord and her child?

10. Why does Alvord choose the name she does for her child during her pregnancy?

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

Alvord did not do well in the sciences when she first attended college, but she changed her attitude and her grades later on.

Part 1: Why do you think Alvord was unable to do well in the sciences at first?

Part 2: How did Alvord begin to grow more confident in her knowledge of the sciences?

Part 3: Do you think a person that is not strong in sciences can become a good doctor?

Essay Topic 3

The Navajo people were deeply oppressed by others, causing them to have troubles handling their lives and their feelings about their lives.

Part 1: Why were the Navajo people oppressed by others?

Part 2: How might a people become oppressed by another group of people?

Part 3: Can the Navajo people change the way that others feel about them? Is this their job to do so?

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