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Counseling People with Cancer by Jann Aldredge-Clanton © 1998
(Westminster John Knox Press: Louisville, KY). All rights reserved.

[Answer 11 of 15 questions correctly to receive
7 hours of Continuing Education credit].


Introduction (p 1-10)
1. One out of every ___ persons in the United States will experience cancer in his or her lifetime.
a.  3
b.  4
c.  5
d. 10

Chapter 2: How Do I See God Now? The Power of Sacred Images (p 24-39)
2. When Don believed that his leukemia might be a punishment from God, the author promoted the divine image of
a. God the Great Physician.
b. God as a loving Friend.
c. God as Great Mystery.
d. God the Good Shepherd.

3. The author encourages counselors to use
a. strong masculine images and tender feminine images of God.
b. tender masculine images and strong feminine images of God.
c. strong masculine images and strong feminine images of God.
d. tender masculine images and tender feminine images of God.

4. Which divine image did the author present to Calvin, who felt he had not lived up to Godís requirements?
a. God the Great Physician
b. God the Good Shepherd
c. God as a loving Mother
d. God the Master and Lord

Chapter 3: Can I Still Hope? Sacred Stories That Bring Healing (p 40-54)
5. Telling stories of their precancer and postcancer lives helps people with cancer to
a. search for meaning.
b. regain a sense of mastery.
c. restore self-esteem.
d. all of the above.

Chapter 4: Whatís Next? The Waiting Game (p 55-66)
6. In their book for cancer survivors, Glenna Halvorson-Boyd and Lisa K. Hunter use the term ______ to describe the state of uncertainty and insecurity that people with cancer enter into with their initial diagnosis and remain in for the rest of their lives.
a. panic
b. unendingness
c. limbo
d. agony

7. During the first year after treatment for lung cancer, when Rachel struggled with her constant fears of recurrence, the author helped her to visualize God as
a. Living Water.
b. the Bread of Life.
c. the Vine.
d. the Light of the World.

Chapter 5: What Did I Do? Responsibility and Guilt (p 67-80)
8. When Cynthia thought her complications from a transplant were due to a lack of faith, the counselor helped her to conclude that
a. Godís work doesnít depend on her faith.
b. she could confess her lack of faith as sin.
c. her lack of faith might indicate a need to revitalize her spiritual life.
d. all of the above.

9. When a man felt guilty for contracting lung cancer after years of smoking cigarettes, the author
a. dismissed his guilt as ďfalseĒ and unproductive.
b. dismissed his confession and identified with his pain.
c. took seriously his guilt over his self-destructive behavior and heard the manís confession.
d. shared the divine image of God as the Great Physician.

Chapter 6: Where Do I Belong? The Social Consequences (p 81-94)

10. In order to relieve Denise of feelings of overresponsibility for her sonís (Mark) cancer, the author used the image of
a. God as Caring Community.
b. God as Eternal Flame.
c. God as Sister Wisdom.
d. God as Mother Eagle.

11. Psychiatrist David Spiegelís research of 86 women with metastatic breast cancer showed that the women in cancer support groups
a. increased their quality of life but not their length of life.
b. lived twice as long as women not in groups.
c. decreased the length of their lives.
d. made no change in their quality of life.

Chapter 7: Who Am I Now? Embodiment and Sexuality? (p 95-107)
12. Cancer patients who are grieving the physical changes to their bodies find great comfort in the divine image of
a. God as perfect and unchanging.
b. God as Creator and Sustainer.
c. God as Ruler and Sovereign.
d. God as Lover and Wounded Healer.

Chapter 8: What Treatment Should I Choose? The Ethical Dilemma (p 108-122)
13. People who choose alternative cancer treatments
a. are motivated by the extensive scientific research behind the treatments.
b. are usually well-educated and responsible.
c. are gullible and easily persuaded.
d. are victims of exaggerated claims.

14. When Clarence decided to discontinue expensive treatments that would have given him 6 to 12 months to live, he visualized his relationship to God as that of
a. a responsible steward of his familyís financial resources.
b. a man whom God gave a disease he could not afford.
c. a man who could not depend upon others for help.
d. a man who believed God would miraculously intervene to cure him.

Chapter 9: How Much Time Do I Have? The Many Faces of Hope and Healing (p 123-137)

15. Psalm 22:9 presents the divine image of God as
a. Mother.
b. Physician.
c. Midwife.
d. Father.