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. What does Alvord decide to do, even though it's in direct opposition of her doctor's orders?

2. Thomas says that he had a call to become a ___________, which Alvord describes after talking with him.

3. What is the nickname that Alvord has already given to her new child, according to this part of the story?

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

5. What is the position Thomas held at the Tuba City Hospital through the Indian Health Service?

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

4. What does Alvord's pregnancy cause her to become reacquainted with, according to the book?

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

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

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

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

9. What is the problem with Melanie Begay's appendix surgery?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Alvord comes to see alcoholism as a disease after witnessing the way it impacts the Navajo people.

Part 1: How would you define the condition of alcoholism?

Part 2: Do you think the alcoholism is a problem that can be stopped in the Navajo people?

Part 3: Why would a people who want to live in balance turn to alcohol?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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