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Discussion Questions

After watching the documentary, use these multiple-choice questions to reinforce key points and start conversations. An answer key is provided.


1. What was Nolan Burch's cause of death?

A. He drank too much alcohol
B. He combined drugs with alcohol
C. His fraternity brothers didn't get him help he needed
D. No one in the frat knew proper CPR
E. A and C

2. Nolan Burch's life could have been saved.

A. True
B. False

3. What were the immediate signs that Nolan required medical attention?

A. Limp body
B. Not moving
C. Soiled himself
D. All of the above

4. What action could have saved Nolan's life?

A. Give him food, water or caffeine
B. Let him sleep it off
C. Help him purge the alcohol
D. Call for medical help

5. What happens to your breathing and heart rate when you consume too much alcohol?

A. Breathing decreases; heart rate increases
B. Breathing increases; heart rate decreases
C. Breathing decreases; heart rate decreases
D. None of the above

6. What is a telltale sign that a person requires medical help?

A. Foaming at the mouth
B. Clammy and cold skin
C. Loss of bodily controls (soil their pants)
D. All of the above

7. What is considered the lethal blood alcohol level?

A. .350
B. .060
C. .650
D. .400

8. What was Nolan's BAC the night of his incident?

A. .500
B. .493
C. .300
D. .400

9. What are the warning signs that someone is dangerously impaired by alcohol?

A. Unable to speak
B. Unable to move
C. Loss of consciousness
D. All of the above

10. What symptoms was Nolan showing that indicate that he was dying of alcohol poisoning?

A. He was having fun with the rest of his pledge class
B. He was passed out on the couch, but in and out of sleep
C. He was breathing slower, he was unresponsive and he lost control of his bodily functions
D. He told his pledge master and big brother he was in danger

11. What is the average amount of breaths a person takes a minute? After how few breaths a minute should you call for help?

A. 16; 14
B. 20; 14-20
C. 16; 20
D. 14-20; 8

12. Dr. Joshua Dower suggests which safety precaution to prevent a tragedy like this from occurring in the future?

A. Making sure at least five pledges are sober drivers when a party is going on so no one gets a DUI
B. Have one brother who can drink, but can't blackout in case the cops show up
C. Having at least one sober person at parties that can monitor the safety of all who are drinking
D. Have every brother take a CPR training class

13. How much does your alcohol intake increase by switching from beer to liquor?

A. 2x
B. 5x
C. 10x
D. No difference

14. What is the typical alcohol contents of a beer, a glass of wine and a mixed drink?

A. 5%; 50%, 90%
B. 10%; 30%; 90%
C. 5%; 15%; 40%
D. They all have the same alcohol content

15. Hazing is defined as:

A. An abusive or humiliating form of initiation into a group
B. Forcing a member of a group to pay membership fees or costs to join
C. Allowing new members to be part of a group upon arrival
D. None of the above

16. Can someone choose to be hazed?

A. No, by definition hazing does not include consent
B. Yes, if you want to be in a fraternity you have to be hazed
C. Laws vary from state to state
D. Depends on the club or organization

17. According to Andrew Lohse, is hazing appropriate when there is an "open door" policy?

A. Yes, hazing is essential and makes brothers closer
B. No, if this was true everyone would choose to be a brother and skip the hazing
C. Yes, if this was true everyone would choose to be a brother and skip the hazing
D. None of the above

18. Who will get in trouble if you call 911 for someone in danger?

A. The person in danger
B. The person who calls 911
C. No one

19. What is an Amnesty Law?

A. A law that protects you from legal prosecution if you call emergency services for someone impaired by drugs or alcohol
B. A law to prevent persecution on account of race, religion, nationality and/or membership in a particular social group or political party
C. A law that prevents any willful action taken or situation created which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health of another
D. None of the above

20. West Virginia has an Amnesty Law.

A. True
B. False

21. Who is protected under West Virginia's Good Samaritan Act (The Alcohol and Drug Overdose Prevention and Clemency Act, or SB 523)?

A. Administrators who call the police when a student skips class for more than 10 consecutive days
B. Teachers who report signs that their students are experiencing domestic abuse
C. Anyone who calls campus police or other emergency services for someone with an alcohol or drug related emergency
D. Someone who starts a house fire by accident

22. Under the law, when assisting a person in danger, you will not be prosecuted for any crime if you meet which of these conditions:

A. Report the overdose to 911 first
B. Stay at the scene until first responders have arrived
C. Identify yourself to police, and cooperate with them in the investigation into what caused the situation
D. All of the above

23. If you are under probation or in possession of a controlled substance, are you protected under West Virginia's amnesty law when you call 911?

A. Yes
B. No

24. If you are under the age of 21, are you protected under West Virginia's amnesty law when you call 911?

A. Yes
B. No

25. It's Saturday night, you are walking down the street and spot a student unconscious and unresponsive on a bench. You are under 21 and have been drinking. What do you do?

A. Nothing, you don't want to get in trouble
B. Tell the closest person you see to do something about it cause you don't want to be late for the club
C. Get help immediately since you won't be penalized for calling 911 no matter the circumstances
D. Keep walking because you're underage and on probation

26. What final decision was made the night Nolan died that could have saved his life, had it been made earlier?

A. The brothers flipped him over and checked his pulse
B. The brothers performed CPR and gave Nolan water
C. Someone called 911 with the intention of getting Nolan the medical help he needed
D. Nolan gave consent to being hazed

Answer Key

1. E
2. A
3. D
4. D
5. C
6. C
7. D
8. B
9. D
10. C
11. D
12. C
13. C
14. C
15. A
16. A
17. B
18. C
19. A
20. A
21. C
22. D
23. A
24. A
25. C
26. C