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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What time does the author decide he must leave work each day, in "Family Affairs"?
(a) 7 p.m
(b) 12 a.m.
(c) 11 p.m.
(d) 5 p.m.

9. What homework assignment did the author give Luis and Terry Francisco before Maranda's surgery?
(a) Watch some movies to distract them from worry.
(b) Buy Maranda a toy from the gift shop.
(c) Sign up for family counseling.
(d) Say their prayers.

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

11. From what age did Maranda Francisco start having grand mal seizures?
(a) Four years old.
(b) Eighteen months old.
(c) Seven days old.
(d) Eight years old.

12. What does the author say he and his wife share as an unfulfilled dream, in "Think Big"?
(a) Taking the boys to speaking opportunities when they are older.
(b) Spending their retirement years in Australia.
(c) Setting up a national scholarship fund for young people with academic talent.
(d) Starting a music school for disadvantaged youth.

13. How many applications for neurosurgery residency does the author say Johns Hopkins averaged?
(a) 2.
(b) 125.
(c) 1,976.
(d) 10,000.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Think Big," what does the author say talented young people should focus on, instead of music and sports?

2. How long did the twins remain in a coma after their surgery in "The Rest of Their Story"?

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

4. What does the author say was a "golden opportunity," where there would be no outcries over Denise Baca's hemispherectomy?

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

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