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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did the author believe would happen if he did not give an injured patient a lobectomy?
(a) He would lose his job.
(b) The patient would experience brain damage.
(c) The patient would die.
(d) He would disappoint his mentor.

2. In "A Special Year," why was the author concerned about his wife traveling to Australia?
(a) She was pregnant and on bed rest.
(b) She would have to leave all of her close friends.
(c) She would have to quit a lucrative job.
(d) She hated warm climates.

3. What reason does the author give for not wanting to travel to Australia, in "A Special Year"?
(a) The Whites-only policy.
(b) The healthcare system there.
(c) The heavy accents.
(d) The 20-hour flight.

4. Why does the author say he experiences less of a negative response from patients nowadays?
(a) Times have changed and people are less prejudiced.
(b) Patients know who he is and what he looks like before they get there.
(c) He pre-screens patients to make sure they have a positive attitude.
(d) He has learned to be more charming.

5. What happened when the author pulled Craig's tumorous growth in his brain stem, during his surgery?
(a) Craig began to bleed excessively.
(b) It came free in one gigantic blob.
(c) The author heard God's voice.
(d) The author suddenly felt lightheaded.

6. What does the author believe, even after losing Jennifer, about his relationship to patients?
(a) He thinks it is fine to be emotionally attached.
(b) He believes nurses should break bad news to parents for him.
(c) He believes he will cry whenever he loses a patient.
(d) He feels he is a father figure to his patients.

7. During the author's intense year as chief resident, he learned the special skills that transform the _____ along with his hands, eyes and intuition into _____.
(a) Research/Practice.
(b) Patients/Empowered advocates for healthcare.
(c) Surgical instruments/Healing.
(d) Doctors/Teachers.

8. In "Coming Into My Own," whose voice did the author hear when he encountered prejudice?
(a) His mother's.
(b) Martin Luther King Jr.'s.
(c) Dr. Long's.
(d) His father's.

9. How did Beth Usher, in "Little Beth," receive a bump that later caused her first seizure?
(a) She was hit with a baseball.
(b) She was stung by a bee.
(c) She ran into a wall.
(d) She fell from a swing.

10. In "Craig and Susan," what did Susan Warnick's experience with Dr. Miller help her conclude?
(a) That she was more knowledgeable about her husband's disease than most doctors.
(b) That nurses could benefit patients by expressing their care.
(c) That there was nothing anyone could do to help her husband.
(d) That she and her husband should seek counseling.

11. What significant sign of recovery did Maranda show after her hemispherectomy?
(a) She had little swelling.
(b) She sat up on the gurney.
(c) She slept.
(d) She talked.

12. Who does the author complain, in "Another Step Forward," wouldn't talk to the "common people" like ward clerks or aides?
(a) Celebrity patients.
(b) Wealthy families.
(c) A few of the doctors.
(d) The veteran nurses.

13. What affiliation did the author and his wife have that opened doors for them in Australia?
(a) They were Yale alumni.
(b) They lived in Michigan.
(c) They belonged to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
(d) They were Black Americans.

14. The author says he was hooked the first few times he looked down upon what?
(a) Operating theater.
(b) A beating heart.
(c) A needy child.
(d) A human brain.

15. What marveled the author about Danielle's parents, in "Three Special Children," when she died?
(a) Their anger.
(b) Their maturity.
(c) Their detachment.
(d) The amount of support they received from family and friends.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Teresa Binder consider overdosing on sleeping pills in "Separating the Twins"?

2. What news did Maranda's parents receive about her diagnosis at UCLA Medical Center?

3. Who reminded the author, in "Craig and Susan," to remember his mother's words about trusting the Lord?

4. How did patient Danielle's mother first learn about the author, in "Three Special Children"?

5. What did the author find a technique for that involves placing metal rings on the back and front of the skull?

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