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It is a strong belief among certain groups of people that the medical community should take every possible step to keep a person alive, without regard for the quality of that person's life. But other people argue just as strongly that patients who are facing 5 a life of pain and incumberance on others have the right to decide for themselves whether or not to continue with life-prolonging medications and therapies. The question, however, is really far more difficult than just the issue of a terminally ill patient of sound mind who directs the physician not to continue with any treatment that does 10 not in any way cure the disease but only helps to draw out a painful death. When the quality of life has disintegrated, when there is no hope of reprieve, when there is intense and everpresent pain, does the patient have the right to be put to death? The patient in this case is not asking the physician to discontinue treatment but 15 instead is requesting the physician, the supposed protector of life, to purposefully bring a life to a close.
1. With what subject is the passage mainly concerned?
2. The phrase "medical community" in line 1-2 means
3. "However", as it is used in line 7, could best be replaced by which of the following?
4. In what situation does the author suggest that a patient might have the right to be put to death?
5. Which of the following statements best applies to the idea presented in the passage?