Mountains Beyond Mountains:: Adapted for Young People

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Curriculet Details
85 Questions
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3 Quizzes

Designed for students in eighth grade, this free digital curriculum contains interactive videos explaining point of view and use of figurative language. Written annotations explain themes and conflicts discussed in the text and social, political, and religious references. It also includes images and videos that support the text’s themes of decent health care for the poor, the responsibility of the fortunate to help those who are less fortunate, and the need for individual responsibility in making global change. Our free online unit will increase student engagement while supporting reading comprehension with Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes.

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Homework #9

"Mountains Beyond Mountains" is a biography of the life of Dr. Paul Farmer about his work fighting tuberculosis around the world. (This annotation contains an image)
Point of view refers to who is the telling the story. The video will help you understand point of view. (This annotation contains a video)
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What is the setting for this chapter? 
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What is the point of view of this text? 
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently. Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 

Homework #10

Brigham and Women's Hospital is Harvard Medical School's second largest teaching hospital with 793 beds. (This annotation contains an image)
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Farmer is an expert on  
How does Dr. Farmer express his concern for his patients? 
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What does Joe call Dr. Farmer? 

Homework #11

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How does Kidder describe Cange? 
Why does Farmer devise a way to get around the the policy of requiring patients to pay a fee? 
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How does Farmer use the money he receives from the MacArthur Foundation grant? 
What is Farmer's attitude about sorcery in Haiti? 
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What does Farmer mean by the term "narrating Haiti"? 
What does Farmer mean by this statement? 

Homework #12

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For Farmer, what does effective medical treatment for the poor entail? 
The staff woman is concerned that the trip might be too difficult for Kidder, though it is not unusual for Farmer. What does this trip indicate about Dr. Farmer's relationship with his patients? 
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How does the Peligre Dam affect the peasants of Haiti? 
Haitian women washing their clothes in the river reflect the misery Dr. Farmer mentions. (This annotation contains an image)
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What lesson does Dr. Farmer teach his doctors and nurses when he goes out to check on patients? 
The image below shows a cockfighting scene similar to what Farmer and the narrator see on the way back from Morne Michel. (This annotation contains a link)

Homework #14

The narrator sometimes uses figurative language to create an image. The video explains how writers use similes and metaphors to create mental pictures. Note how similes and metaphors are used in this text. (This annotation contains a video)
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Dr. Farmer comes from a family of ______ children. 
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The narrator uses a(n) ___________ to describe the family's cramped living accommodations. 
This is an image of two fifty-foot Liberty boats. Farmer's family boat has a hole in the hull. (This annotation contains an image)
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What does Farmer gain from his time picking citrus? 
Ospreys are quite common in many parts of Florida. (This annotation contains an image)
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What does this text reveal about the Warden's expectations of Farmer? 
Highlight the word "dinghy" and click "define." Which definition fits the picture below? (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #15

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Farmer first travels abroad to 
Claude Levi-Strauss, has been called, along with James George Frazer and Franz Boas, the "father of modern anthropology." His revolutionary studies of what was once called “primitive man” transformed Western understanding of the nature of culture, custom and civilization. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does liberation theology appeal to Farmer? 
Why does the Creole language intrigue Farmer? 

Homework #16

Port-au-Prince is the capital and largest city of the Caribbean country of Haiti.  (This annotation contains an image)
Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot, and screenwriter. The picture below shows Dahl with his wife, Patricia Neal, and their two daughters and son. (This annotation contains an image)
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What is Ophelia's initial reaction to Farmer? 
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Where does Ophelia believe Paul will end up working? 
Graham Greene's novels treat life’s moral ambiguities in the context of contemporary political settings. "The Comedians" tells the story of a tired hotel owner, Brown, and his increasing fatalism as he watches Haiti descend into barbarism. (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #17

Why are Creole pigs considered a bank account? (This annotation contains an image)
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What is Pere Lafontant's mission in life? 
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What does Farmer mean by "O for P"? 
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How does Paul get the nickname Paul Foreigner? 

Homework #18

Ophelia notices changes in Farmer's faith. How does his time at Duke and Harvard affect his religious views? 
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Farmer's perfectionism makes Ophelia feel 
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Lafontant's school is a symbol of  
Tom White used the majority of his financial resources to assist Partners in Health. The video clip gives tribute to White for his contributions. (This annotation contains a video)
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Why does Farmer say it would be a sin for White to become a missionary? 
Quiz One 

Homework #19

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What does Ophelia notice about Farmer's attitude when she asks him to spend time with her? 
Why does this trip to Port-au-Prince stand out in Ophelia's memory? 
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Why do Farmer and Ophelia move to Boston? 
UNESCO, or United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, entered into force in 1946, and called for the promotion of international collaboration in education, science, and culture. WHO, or World Health Organization, is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system.  
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When Farmer asks Ophelia to marry him,  what is her response? 
Farmer's relationship with Ophelia changes as she realizes that his true love is Haiti and helping the poor. 

Homework #20

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What problems does Farmer face upon his return to Cange? 
Why is Farmer concerned that the Centers for Disease Control identifies Haitians as a "risk group"? 
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Who does Farmer consider the real victors in Aristides's election as president of Haiti? 
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Why does the Haitian government finally take Dr. Farmer's name off the list of personae non gratae? 
Why does Farmer find it difficult to forget Chouchou? 

Homework #21

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Why does the junta watch Farmer? 
What does Jim Kim mean by this statement? 
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Why does the soldier back down when Farmer confronts him at the clinic compound? 
What benefits does Farmer see in partnering with PIH? (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #23

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What is the "great epi divide"? 
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Why is MDR so difficult to treat in poor countries?  
Jim Kim is the 12th President of the World Bank, appointed on July 1, 2012.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What is the cause of Father Jack's death? 

Homework #24

The image below illustrates the type of living conditions the narrator describes. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why don't the Carabayllo MDR patients recover after treatment? 
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Why is MDR not under control in Peru? 

Homework #25

Why does Farmer want to scare the world about MDR? 
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How do the Peruvian government's doctors and clinics view Socio en Salud? 
What does the narrator suggest about Farmer's opposers when he calls them the the "TB tribe"? 

Homework #26

Didi Bertrand Farmer is a medical anthropologist who has worked for over 15-years in community organizing, female rights activism, and research. Dr. Didi Bertrand Farmer is shown with her husband, Dr. Paul Farmer, and children. (This annotation contains an image)
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What is the cost for treating one MDR patient? 
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Farmer contracts 
Farmer does not stop working to take care of himself when he contracts hepatitis A. Why does Kidder believe Farmer does not set aside his work to seek medical attention? 
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How does Farmer know Christian? 
Why doesn't the Peruvian TB doctor request alternate treatment for his daughter? 

Homework #27

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After viewing the video on Dr. Hiatt, name three of his accomplishments. 
The video below shows Dr. Hiatt receiving an honorary doctorate degree from Dartmouth.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What health crisis is the focus for Goldfarb and the Soros Foundation? 
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Goldfarb has the dilemma of deciding how to best spend ______________ . 
Why do you think the academic community only speaks of shrinking resources when they talk about things that have to do with poor people? 

Homework #28

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Jim Kim's birth place is 
Why does Jim become bored with the politics of racial identity? 
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According to Kim, what causes the price of a drug to be high? 
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What is differential pricing? 
How will getting drug companies to produce more second-line drugs drive down prices? 
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What is the goal of Farmer's Green Light Committee? 
Quiz Two 

Homework #29

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What career change does Jim consider? 
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What does Jim note about his relationship with Paul? 
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To expand resources to treat TB internationally, Farmer seeks financial support from 

Homework #31

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Where does Hiatt think Paul should devote his energy? 
Farmer tries to never lose sight of the individual in his efforts to improve health care for the poor. How does he express that view in this video? (This annotation contains a link)
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In this Creole email, the writer uses _________ to emphasize how much the Zanmi Lasante staff misses Farmer. 
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What theme does this Biblical reference support? 
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Why is Farmer in a good mood when he mentally checks off a bwat? 
Farmer alerts the airport authorities to the problem the escalators pose to Haitian passengers. What does this action indicate about him? 
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Use the dictionary feature to define megalomaniacal. What does Dr. Farmer mean when he uses the word? 

Homework #32

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Click on the word verdant and use the dictionary feature and context clues to determine its meaning. What impresses Farmer about the aerial view of Havana? 
What does Farmer admire about Cuba's government? 
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Who is Choumy? 
Farmer is passionate about helping those who cannot help themselves. In this video, how does he say college students can make an impact on global health equity? (This annotation contains a video)
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According to a peasant quote, how do you stop HIV in women who live in poverty? 

Homework #33

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While in Cuba for the conference, Farmer spends time drafting his book 
Farmer does not believe that quarantine is an effective strategy for handling AIDS. Both the Castro regime and the Americans use quarantine as a way to control HIV/AIDS. Why does he find the Cuban approach more humane? 
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Why does Kidder criticize the sanitorium's housing? 
Why do you think Farmer is impressed with everything he encounters in Cuba? 
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Why does Farmer think people of different countries make a fuss over him? 
Do you think Farmer should be concerned about the way the book portrays him? 
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What does Farmer mean by "dismount"? 

Homework #34

The Marais is a historic district in Paris. This is a current picture of the area. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Farmer go to Paris? 
Why might some people think Farmer's lack of time with his family is a chink in his moral armor? 
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Why do Farmer's friends call him a word gymnast? 
How does Farmer's life illustrate his interconnectedness? 

Homework #35

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What type of funding does the Soros Foundation provide for patients with MDR? 
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Why does Farmer agree to help fix the Russian pilot projects? 
The video gives background information about St Basil's Cathedral. Can you see why it is considered one of the world's most beautiful buildings?  (This annotation contains a video)
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How many prisoners in Russia have TB? 
Why does Farmer think it is important to eat the dishes he is offered from "the fifth food group"? 
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Why does the Russian colonel ask Farmer if America is a democracy? 
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Some World Bank members view Goldfarb as  
How does the Russian negotiating team get the World Bank to listen to Farmer's request? 
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The friendship between Goldfarb and Farmer thrives on 

Homework #37

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How much money does the Gates Foundation give Partners in Health and other organizations to wipe out MDR-TB in Peru? 
Kidder feels that Farmer is compelled to meet all the demands with which he is faced. 
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Why is Farmer upset with Jim? 
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How does Jim break the tension at the banquet? 
Click on the word "oligarch" and use the dictionary feature to find its definition. Based on what you have read, which definition of "oligarch" applies in this text? 

Homework #38

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How does Kidder keep in touch with Farmer? 
What does Zanmi Lasante represent? 
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What does Farmer mean by this statement? 

Homework #39

Farmer fights unwaveringly to bring equality to health care. Living in the everyday reality of poverty helps him stay grounded. What do you learn about the realities of poverty from this video? (This annotation contains a video)
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What does Farmer suspect is wrong with John? 
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Why do Serena and Farmer try to get John to the hospital in Boston? 
What does the treatment Carole and the Zanmi Lasante staff give John suggest about their commitment to their patients? 
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Why do Serena and Carole decide to charter a medevac to take John to Boston? 
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What do the people of Cange think of the decision of the Zanmi Lasante staff to fly John to Boston? 
What does Kidder learn from what happens to John? 

Homework #40

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Who is Farmer's chief of staff? 
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What is wrong with Alcante? 
What do Farmer's long treks to check on his patients indicate about his character? 
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How does Kidder describe Farmer's use of triage in Haiti? 
What does Farmer mean by "a long defeat"? 
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Farmer checks Alcante's family because they have 
Review the major themes of "Mountains Beyond Mountains" as you view this video. (This annotation contains a video)
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What lesson does Ti Jean teach Farmer? 
Quiz Three