"Healing Brick City" Questions
Use the “Healing ‘Brick City’: A Newark Doctor Returns Home” to answer the following multiple choice questions.
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Why did Sampson Davis choose to work in the Beth Israel Hospital in Newark?
Beth Israel Hospital holds special meaning for him because it’s where he was born.
He chose this hospital because he thought it was in most need of good doctors.
He was very familiar with the Beth Israel Hospital, having grown up in Newark.
He did this to set an example for young people in his hometown of Newark.
Why was it important for Dr. Davis to find out if the man was the same Don “Snake” Moses he knew growing up?
He wanted to talk with Snake and find out what he had been up to since they were young.
Finding out Snake was dead reaffirmed his belief that education changed and saved his life.
Finding out Snake was dead confirmed his belief that his success was due to luck.
He was good friends with Snake ever since they committed robbery together as teens.
What are the consequences of ignoring mental illness?
More people, like Dr. Davis, are compelled to make a change.
People harm others and then themselves.
It depends on the person, but it’s hard to draw conclusions.
Mentally ill people don’t get the help they need.
Why does Dr. Davis emphasize that people need to return to their hometowns to work?
He believes people owe a debt to the communities that helped them.
He believes this will boost healthcare programs in cities and rural areas.
He believes returning to give back will inspire others to make changes and do the same.
He believes it will make people feel more proud of where they come from.
PART A: Which of the following best identifies the central idea of this article?
Physicians have a responsibility to actively campaign for comprehensive healthcare and health insurance reform in the communities in which they work.
Davis overcame the influence of a tremendously negative environment to achieve great success and intends to use his training to better the community in which he grew up.
Dr. Sampson Davis and his two colleagues were able to become doctors due to a combination of hard work and luck; many Newark residents are not so fortunate.
Access to healthcare for people living in high-crime, high-density urban areas is the primary concern of physicians who live and work in these underserved communities.
PART B: Which phrase from the text best supports the answer to Part A?
“’Growing up, I was surrounded by so much negative peer pressure and negativity, it wasn’t long before I became a part of that fabric.’” (Paragraph 4)
“'[I] committed an armed robbery when I was 17 1/2. And I often say 17 1/2 because had I been 18, my story would have been written differently.’” (Paragraph 5)
“’There has to be more programs that exist... to help the students matriculate through high school, through college, through medical school.’” (Paragraph 8)
“’And I think that’s a crime in itself.... You have to have some social consciousness to give back, to be a part of making it better tomorrow.’” (Paragraph 9)
Read this line from paragraph 6: "'It was the Don Moses that I knew from childhood'" This line contributes to the development of the main ideas of the text because:
It illustrates how many people from underserved communities go down a negative path and it makes Davis’s ascent all the more remarkable by comparison.
It demonstrates the impact the death of a childhood friend had on Davis, who would go on to become an emergency room physician.
It shows that a life of crime will inevitably result in an untimely death or permanent incarceration.
It advances the notion that Newark, New Jersey is an underserved city.
What is the author’s main purpose in writing the article?
To emphasize the extent to which growing up in a negative environment can stunt a young person’s growth and development.
To show people how doctors from all different backgrounds can work together to make a difference in the quality of healthcare nationwide.
To inform and inspire people by sharing the narrative of a hard-working, compassionate person who prevailed over alarming circumstances to realize great success.
To encourage more young people who have endured difficult childhoods to pursue careers in emergency medicine.
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