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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In "Separating the Twins," where were the twins, Patrick and Benjamin, conjoined?
(a) At the hip.
(b) At the chest.
(c) At the shoulder.
(d) At the back of the head.

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

3. How did patient Danielle's mother first learn about the author, in "Three Special Children"?
(a) The Phil Donahue show.
(b) Danielle's doctor referred him.
(c) An entry in Encyclopedia Britannica.
(d) An article in Ladies Home Journal.

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

5. How long did the author expect Maranda's surgery to be, in "A Girl Named Maranda"?
(a) Twelve hours.
(b) Two hours.
(c) Five hours.
(d) Four hours.

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

7. 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 feels he is a father figure to his patients.
(c) He thinks it is fine to be emotionally attached.
(d) He believes nurses should break bad news to parents for him.

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

9. 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) His recommendations/By anything he says.
(b) His grades/By the mistakes he has made.
(c) Being himself/Because he projects some kind of image through a super-sales job.
(d) Pitching his metal ring technique/By being modest.

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

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

12. Who reminded the author, in "Craig and Susan," to remember his mother's words about trusting the Lord?
(a) Dr. Miller.
(b) Susan.
(c) Craig.
(d) Craig's father.

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

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

15. What happened to Craig Warnick on June 19, 1988, in "Craig and Susan"?
(a) He graduated from college.
(b) He had surgery on his tumor and cyst.
(c) He was admitted to the hospital through the emergency room.
(d) He found out he out he had Von Hippel-Lindau.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the author say he experiences less of a negative response from patients nowadays?

2. Who does the author complain, in "Another Step Forward," wouldn't talk to the "common people" like ward clerks or aides?

3. What reason does the author give for not wanting to travel to Australia, in "A Special Year"?

4. What significant sign of recovery did Maranda show after her hemispherectomy?

5. How does the author say Bo-Bo Valentine received her injury?

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