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Multiple Choice Questions

1. During what years was the author a resident at Johns Hopkins?
(a) 1983-1988.
(b) 1978-1982.
(c) 1985-1999.
(d) 1974-1977.

2. Why did Teresa Binder consider overdosing on sleeping pills in "Separating the Twins"?
(a) She was having relationship problems.
(b) She was addicted to sleeping pills.
(c) She could not bear the idea of giving birth to conjoined twins.
(d) She was suspersticious about giving birth to twins.

3. In "The Rest of Their Story," what did the author say headlines read after the twins' surgery?
(a) It's all in God's hands.
(b) Twins may not survive.
(c) Twins blind from surgery.
(d) Dr. Carson a hero.

4. What unusual solution did one doctor suggest Maranda try twice a day for her seizures?
(a) Cod liver oil.
(b) Wheatgrass.
(c) Coffee.
(d) Leeches.

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

6. How long did the twins remain in a coma after their surgery in "The Rest of Their Story"?
(a) Two months.
(b) Ten days.
(c) Two weeks.
(d) A week.

7. What happened when the Hopkins team tried to put Beth's diseased hemisphere to sleep?
(a) She slipped into a coma.
(b) They discovered that her speech control transferred to her good hemisphere.
(c) She woke up.
(d) Her entire brain went to sleep.

8. In "The Rest of Their Story," the author says the twins were given phenobarbitol in order to do what?
(a) Fight off infection.
(b) Put the babies in a coma.
(c) Regulate blood pressure.
(d) Reduce brain swelling.

9. What did Dr. Long propose, months after the author's return to Baltimore?
(a) That he open a private practice.
(b) That he become the chairman of surgery.
(c) That he become the chief of pediatric neurosurgery.
(d) That he consider a permanent move to Australia.

10. What did the CT scan show after Beth's surgery in "Little Beth"?
(a) She was bleeding.
(b) A parasite.
(c) Her brain stem was swollen.
(d) A mysterious mass.

11. 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.

12. What news did Maranda's parents receive about her diagnosis at UCLA Medical Center?
(a) Her condition was inoperable.
(b) The results were inconclusive.
(c) The doctors saw no evidence of inflammation on her brain.
(d) The doctors believed a new drug would cure her.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What are members of the Ben Carson Club at Old Court Middle School in the Baltimore suburbs required to do?

2. What celebrity came to Johns Hopkins to visit Beth while she was comatose?

3. What time does the author decide he must leave work each day, in "Family Affairs"?

4. In "Separating the Twins," where were the twins, Patrick and Benjamin, conjoined?

5. What type of animal did the author decide to focus his brain research on, in "Coming Into My Own"?

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