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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In "Family Affairs," why does the author believe his wife, Candy, is able to cope with his long hours?
(a) She believes married people are more successful if they rarely see each other.
(b) She is confident and secure in herself.
(c) She is a homebody.
(d) She is busy in her profession as well.

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

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

4. What is a pupilary response?
(a) When pupils respond to light.
(b) When someone's eyes react to dust or other foreign objects.
(c) When students answers a teacher's question.
(d) When someone goes blind.

5. What does the author say was the most harrowing moment of the surgery for Patrick and Benjamin, in "Separating the Twins"?
(a) Separating the large venus sinuses.
(b) Forcing the boys into hypothermic arrest.
(c) Learning that the blood supply might run out.
(d) Fashioning new satittal veins.

6. What did the author and Dr. Udvarhelyi end up talking about extensively in the interview for Johns Hopkins?
(a) Metal rings.
(b) Yale.
(c) Classical music.
(d) Detroit.

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

8. 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) The veteran nurses.
(c) A few of the doctors.
(d) Celebrity patients.

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

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

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

12. What concept allowed Maranda to manage well without the left half of her brain?
(a) Multiplicity.
(b) Relativity.
(c) Serendipity.
(d) Plasticity.

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

14. Why does the author say he experiences less of a negative response from patients nowadays?
(a) He pre-screens patients to make sure they have a positive attitude.
(b) He has learned to be more charming.
(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 Maranda say, in "A Girl Named Maranda," that she wanted after her hemispherectomy?
(a) A doll.
(b) A better brain.
(c) No more seizures.
(d) A new haircut.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How long did the author expect Maranda's surgery to be, in "A Girl Named Maranda"?

3. Why did the chief of surgery at Provident Hospital suggest the author did not want to stay at Johns Hopkins?

4. What does the author conclude in "Family Affairs" is a top priority?

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

(see the answer keys)

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