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Creating a Living Will Quiz
by Staff
A living will can be a difficult document to contemplate, and there's much to consider when writing one. Knowing as much as you can about them can be a saving grace if trouble arises. Take this quiz to learn more about living wills.

Which of the following is another term for a living will?

  • advance directive
  • medical will
  • medical power authorization

Which of the following is NOT another term for a health care proxy?

  • power of attorney
  • health care agent
  • health liaison

The acronym DNR stands for:

  • do not renew
  • do not resuscitate
  • do not repudiate

A DNR order requests that medical personnel:

  • do not attempt CPR
  • do not use IV
  • do not operate

One advocacy organization has designated April 16 as:

  • National Healthy Eating Day
  • National Health Care Decisions Day
  • National Health Avoidance Day

The type of palliative care dedicated to making terminally ill patients more comfortable is known as:

  • hospice
  • soothing care
  • terminal care

Among seriously ill patients, what percentage have a living will?

  • 100 percent
  • 75 percent
  • less than 50 percent

A health care proxy makes decisions how?

  • as he or she sees fit
  • according to your previously expressed wishes
  • based on your family members' opinions

Which of the following is NOT contained in a living will?

  • procedures the patient would allow
  • procedures the patient would not allow
  • funeral requests

If there's someone you don't want making health care decisions for you, you should:

  • specify as such in your living will
  • draw up a separate legal document
  • call the police

Most deaths in the United States occur:

  • at home
  • in public
  • in a hospital or health care facility

A living will is named as such because:

  • It is meant to be used while the person is still alive.
  • It is subject to change.
  • It disburses a person's assets while he or she is still alive.

If someone has had severe brain damage and has been in a coma for four weeks or more, then he or she is considered:

  • legally dead
  • in a persistent vegetative state
  • hypothermic

In a famous case in 2005, the American woman who was in a persistent vegetative state, and whose husband fought to pull the plug, was named:

  • Terri Schiavo
  • Trisha Sanders
  • Terry Sunderland

In the mid-1970s, a landmark case that was a predecessor of the Schiavo case centered around:

  • Katie Lucy Epstein
  • Karen Ann Quinlan
  • Kathy Ann Smith

A common criticism of living wills is that they:

  • may be interpreted differently by different health care professionals
  • are difficult to change
  • prolong medical treatment

Your health care proxy probably should be:

  • younger than you
  • older than you
  • around your age

Many experts recommend choosing a proxy who is:

  • a spouse
  • a close family member
  • not related to you

In the face of terminal illness, many living wills specifically reject:

  • any treatment
  • life-sustaining treatment
  • experimental treatments

When signing a living will, the patient must be:

  • ambulatory
  • of sound mind
  • healthy