When Breath Becomes Air Test | Final 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. How long was Paul in the ICU in Part 2, Section 3?

2. In Part 2, Section 4, what did Paul say that he and Emma were facing?

3. How long before Paul's cancer diagnosis had he been in the hospital with appendicitis?

4. How many pounds had Paul lost in the last week in Part 2, Section 4?

5. At what time at the beginning of Part 2, Section 3, did Paul sit down to look at patients' scans and his own scans?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why didn't Paul attend his graduation?

2. When Paul viewed his first CT scan after his treatments in Part 2, Section 2, how did the scan look compared to his previous scan?

3. What was offered Paul if he went to work in Wisconsin?

4. What happened during the first operation Paul performed when he returned to the operating room in Part 2, Section 2?

5. What did Paul have to face like his own patients and whose help did he need to do that?

6. What did Paul see on a CT scan at the beginning of Part 2, Section 3, and how did he feel about what he saw?

7. What was Paul's first chemotherapy session like?

8. How did Paul describe himself and his condition at the beginning of Part 2, Section 4?

9. When Paul returned to taking full responsibility for his patients in Part 2, Section 2, how did he feel and how long did it take him to get used to the work load?

10. How did Paul describe his oncologist when he first met her in Part 2, Section 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The title of the book was "When Breath Becomes Air." What does that title mean and how did Paul's breath become air?

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 believed that somber, respectful medical students often transformed into callous, arrogant doctors. What experiences did medical students have that transformed them into calloused, arrogant doctors? Why did they often forget the human side of medicine as their studies progressed?

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