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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the author say was a "golden opportunity," where there would be no outcries over Denise Baca's hemispherectomy?
(a) When his critic left for an overseas conference.
(b) When the author was asked to televise the procedure.
(c) When Denise's family and friends held a candlelight vigil.
(d) When a judge ordered the operation.

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

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

4. 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.

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

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

7. 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 has learned to be more charming.
(c) Times have changed and people are less prejudiced.
(d) He pre-screens patients to make sure they have a positive attitude.

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

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

10. What did the author find a technique for that involves placing metal rings on the back and front of the skull?
(a) Finding the foramen ovale.
(b) Curing headaches.
(c) Taking better x-rays of the brain.
(d) Removing brain tumors.

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

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

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

14. Before the author left for his interview in Baltimore, he decided that he wanted to be himself and be accepted or rejected by _____ and not _____.
(a) Being himself/Because he projects some kind of image through a super-sales job.
(b) His grades/By the mistakes he has made.
(c) Pitching his metal ring technique/By being modest.
(d) His recommendations/By anything he says.

15. As Susan recalled her story in "Craig and Susan," who did she tell God she was like from the Bible?
(a) Ruth.
(b) Moses.
(c) Abraham.
(d) Isaac.

Short Answer Questions

1. What homework assignment did the author give Luis and Terry Francisco before Maranda's surgery?

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

3. Why did the author tell Craig and Susan that he could NOT open the pons up during Craig's surgery?

4. What affiliation did the author and his wife have that opened doors for them in Australia?

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

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