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. Every dominant culture, according to Alvord, accuses the subordinate cultures of not being __________.

2. On what day of the induction do the drugs begin to work in Lori's body, according to the book?

3. What is the trade of Betty Cowboy, who also succumbs to the deadly disease, according to the book?

4. What is the age of Alvord's great-grandmother when she dies, according to the book?

5. People become too absorbed in being ________, according to Alvord, which allows them to become sick and overweight.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Alvord find out from John when they go out for lunch together, according to the book?

2. How does Alvord describe the ideal hospital setting, which is unlike the traditional setting?

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

4. What is the experience of Bernice that causes her to be afraid of doctors and of surgeries?

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

6. What does Jon tell Dr. Alvord when Jon's dog becomes seriously injured as a result of a car accident?

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

8. What does a Navajo healer track, according to Alvord's findings?

9. What happens when Alvord first becomes pregnant with her first child?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Alvord notices that many surgeons look at human beings like machines, rather than human beings.

Part 1: Why might a surgeon look at a patient like a machine?

Part 2: What is the value of depersonalizing and dehumanizing a surgical patient?

Part 3: How might a surgeon do better work if they look at patients like human beings?

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

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?

(see the answer keys)

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