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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. In the Prologue, when did Paul say he began losing weight and have back pain?
(a) Three weeks before.
(b) A year before.
(c) Nine months before.
(d) Six months before.

2. How many weeks premature was Paul's brother Suman when he was born?
(a) Five weeks.
(b) Six weeks.
(c) Seven weeks.
(d) Eight weeks.

3. Who was Paul's co-resident when he began his residency in Part 1, Section 3?
(a) Victoria.
(b) Joann.
(c) Heather.
(d) Megan.

4. At the beginning of Part 1, Section 2, what master's program did Paul apply for?
(a) Biology.
(b) Neurology.
(c) English literature.
(d) History.

5. How old was Paul when his father moved the family from New York?
(a) Ten.
(b) Nine.
(c) Eight.
(d) 11.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Paul's middle name?

2. Where would Paul camp when his regular room in Part 1, Section 2 were occupied?

3. What percent of people choose their jobs based upon pay, work environment, and hours?

4. Where was Paul a camp counselor 15 years prior to the time described in the Prologue?

5. Who was the general surgery resident a few years senior to Paul, when Paul began his residency in Part 1, Section 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did Paul's mother fear the most in Arizona?

3. What was the intern's role when Paul began his residency in Part 1, Section 3?

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

5. In Part 1, Section 3, who was the first patient Paul lost, and how did she die?

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

7. By the end of medical school, what did most students focus on for their specialties?

8. 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?

9. What happened to Paul's co-resident, Jeff?

10. How did Paul feel when he made a trip to New York in the Prologue?

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