When Breath Becomes Air Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Paul Kalanithi
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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. Where did Paul's parents meet and fall in love?

2. Who was Paul's co-resident when he began his residency in Part 1, Section 3?

3. Where did Paul live in Part 1, Section 1, when he finished high school?

4. How old was Paul in the Prologue?

5. At the time Paul was suffering from weight loss and back pain, how long had he been training to be a neurosurgeon?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Verghese describe the meeting he had with Paul?

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

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

4. What was Paul's memorial service like?

5. What did Paul believe setting aside literature would do for him?

6. 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?

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

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

9. Why did Paul study literature and philosophy and also neuroscience?

10. What was Paul's educational journey?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Paul felt that hope left him with his cancer diagnosis. How did Paul find hope after his diagnosis, and what were some events that revealed whether Paul was able to find hope after he learned that he had cancer?

Essay Topic 2

Paul wondered if he would be able to face death with integrity. In what ways did Paul face death with integrity? What people in his life enabled him to face death with integrity? What role did his character play in helping him face death with integrity?

Essay Topic 3

Paul commented that terminal illness should have been the perfect gift for someone who wanted to understand death. Why should his illness have been a gift for Paul, and why was it so difficult for him to understand and live through his diagnosis of a terminal illness?

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