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The Ultimate Living Will Quiz
by Staff
You've heard of a last will and testament, but is that the same as a living will? What is the purpose of a living will? Should you have one? Test your knowledge by taking this important quiz.

Should you make a living will based on your age, state of health or neither?

  • based on your age
  • based on your health
  • neither; do it regardless

What is the difference between a living will and an advance directive?

  • They are exactly the same as one another.
  • An advance directive is one type of living will.
  • A living will is one type of advance directive.

Ethically speaking, are medical staff required to prolong life?

  • Yes, unless there is a living will or advance directive to the contrary.
  • No, they are required to give quality of life.
  • No, they are required to avoid resuscitating.

In a hospice setting, whose wishes are taken into account with the writing of a living will?

  • the hospice staff's
  • the family's
  • the patient's

How does a living will assist the family or friends of the patient?

  • They don't have to second-guess his or her wishes.
  • They become the beneficiaries of his or her will.
  • They are empowered to make decisions instead of the patient.

What kind of wishes might a living will contain?

  • dream vacation wishes
  • birthday wishes
  • what procedures the patient wants or doesn't want to be performed

What is the legal term applied to the person you entrust to execute your living will?

  • health care proxy
  • medical care professional
  • health care advisor

Your health-care proxy appears to disagree with your wishes. Does that make him or her unsuitable for the task?

  • No, because it's okay to let the proxy make the final decision when the time comes.
  • Yes. Find someone else who agrees with what you've requested.
  • No, as long as the proxy is willing to follow your wishes, regardless of his or her opinion.

In carrying out their duties, health care proxies:

  • should be sensible, sensitive to the needs of all the loved ones and supportive of the patient
  • will have to speak to medical staff, weigh up treatment options and make decisions based on the advance directive
  • will need a good command of medical matters and a good eye for detail

In most U.S. states, the advance directive is legally valid if the person is of sound mind and over the age of:

  • 16
  • 18
  • 21

You give a DNR order in case the worst happens. What does this mean?

  • Don't Nullify Requirements.
  • Do Not Resuscitate.
  • Data Network Routing required.

If you want to draw up a living will, do you need the services of a lawyer?

  • depends on your state of residence
  • yes
  • not necessarily

You are interested in seeing a sample living will, but you don't know anyone who has one. Where can you find one?

  • online
  • in the newspaper
  • at any taxation office

Who needs a copy of your living will for safekeeping?

  • your lawyer and you
  • your health care proxy and you
  • your doctor, possibly the hospice or hospital, and you (assuming that your health care proxy can access it)

Why is it useful to have an online living will registry?

  • because you can compare yours online with other people's living wills
  • because you can file your advance directive with the state health department
  • because it saves having to write up a living will on paper

Some people recommend writing an additional document for your family members aside from the living will. Why?

  • to show that your decisions were made while you were of sound mind
  • as a backup in case the living will gets lost
  • to offer an alternative plan if they are unable to carry out your first preference

What is the American Bar Association's Commission on Law and Aging recommendation regarding reassessing a living will?

  • Reassessment is recommended every five to 10 years.
  • Reassessment should be based on significant life changes.
  • Reassessment is a highly subjective decision and should be made according to personal preference.

You have recently learned more about the benefits of hospice care. How might this affect your living will?

  • You might want to scrap it altogether.
  • You may want to have new witnesses witness you signing it for confirmation.
  • You may be inclined to reassess it and change your advance directives.

How much of a role should a doctor play in the drawing up of a living will?

  • a key role, since he can help you understand your condition, treatment options and medical possibilities
  • not much, because he is too subjective and biased
  • not much; the family and health care proxy play the biggest roles

What is meant by hospice care?

  • care in a hospital-type environment
  • palliative care
  • end-of-life care