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Paul Kalanithi
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What type of tree was outside the office where Verghese met with Paul?
(a) Magnolia.
(b) Dogwood.
(c) Oak.
(d) Maple.

2. In Part 1, Section 3, how old was the boy named Matthew who had a tumor abutting his hypothalamus?
(a) Nine.
(b) Seven.
(c) Ten.
(d) Eight.

3. Where did Paul live in Part 1, Section 1, when he finished high school?
(a) Texas.
(b) Colorado.
(c) New Mexico.
(d) Arizona.

4. On a Thursday in the Prologue, how many hours did Paul spend in the operating room on a series of complex cases?
(a) 31 hours.
(b) 22 hours.
(c) 18 hours.
(d) 36 hours.

5. How long did the med school application cycle take according to Paul in Part 1, Section 2?
(a) 6 months.
(b) Two years.
(c) One year.
(d) 18 months.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Part 1, Section 3, what did Paul say his father said lobster and steak would look like?

2. When did Thomas Browne write "Religio Medici"?

3. Where did Paul study history and philosophy while he waited for his med school application to be accepted?

4. In Part 1, Section 3, what was the name of the mother whose child had a large brain tumor?

5. In Part 1, Section 3, when Paul began his residency, how many days was he at the hospital before he left?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Mari, a fellow medical student with Paul, feel relief and then shame when a surgery was called off at the end of Part 1, Section 2?

2. Why wasn't technical excellence enough as Paul treated patients during his residency in Part 1, Section 3?

3. Why did Paul's father move his family to Arizona?

4. What did the first X-rays Paul had reveal and what did the doctor think his issues were?

5. Who was Shep Nuland?

6. How did Paul's father inspire him?

7. How were bodies provided for medical school in the past?

8. How would Paul and his friends spends their afternoons in Arizona?

9. Why did Lucy, Paul's girlfriend in Part 1, Section 2, cry when she viewed an EKG while studying at Paul's apartment?

10. What were some of the first symptoms Paul had experienced?

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