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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How long did Maranda's hemispherectomy take in "Heartbreak"?
(a) Five hours.
(b) Three hours.
(c) Twenty hours.
(d) Ten hours.

3. In "Think Big," what does the author say talented young people should focus on, instead of music and sports?
(a) Books and self-improvement.
(b) Science.
(c) Finding a spiritual community.
(d) Service.

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

5. Denise's surgery, in "Little Beth," confirmed for the author that when people know their _____ and they know their job, it doesn't matter who _____ them.
(a) Capabilities/Opposes.
(b) Profession/Hires.
(c) Enemies/Attacks.
(d) Weaknesses/Supports.

6. What does the author conclude in "Family Affairs" is a top priority?
(a) Writing papers.
(b) Presenting motivational talks to young people.
(c) Continuing laboratory research.
(d) His family.

7. In " Three Special Children," what does the author say is heartbreaking to watch parents do?
(a) Let tragedies tear their relationships apart.
(b) Sit by the bedside of a comatose child.
(c) Second guess their decisions.
(d) Bury a child.

8. What celebrity came to Johns Hopkins to visit Beth while she was comatose?
(a) Barney.
(b) Julie Andrews.
(c) Big Bird.
(d) Fred Rogers.

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

10. What did Maranda say, in "A Girl Named Maranda," that she wanted after her hemispherectomy?
(a) A better brain.
(b) A doll.
(c) No more seizures.
(d) A new haircut.

11. Why did the chief of surgery at Provident Hospital suggest the author did not want to stay at Johns Hopkins?
(a) He said there was too much drama.
(b) He said the patients were prejudiced.
(c) He said the institution was steeped in racism.
(d) He said the salary was too poor.

12. 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) Patients/Empowered advocates for healthcare.
(b) Doctors/Teachers.
(c) Research/Practice.
(d) Surgical instruments/Healing.

13. 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.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author say he and his wife share as an unfulfilled dream, in "Think Big"?

2. What is a pupilary response?

3. What did the author and Dr. Udvarhelyi end up talking about extensively in the interview for Johns Hopkins?

4. In "A Special Year," why was the author concerned about his wife traveling to Australia?

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

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