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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the author say a "four plus" did at the hospital?
(a) Informed how long an operation would be.
(b) Indicated the number of surgeons required to attend neurosurgery grand rounds.
(c) Instructed how much coffee was needed.
(d) Galvanized everyone into action.

2. 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.

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

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

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

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

7. 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.

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

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

11. How does the author say Bo-Bo Valentine received her injury?
(a) She was attacked by a dog.
(b) She fell off a swing.
(c) She was hit by a truck.
(d) She was hit by a baseball.

12. In "Craig and Susan," what did Susan Warnick's experience with Dr. Miller help her conclude?
(a) That she was more knowledgeable about her husband's disease than most doctors.
(b) That she and her husband should seek counseling.
(c) That nurses could benefit patients by expressing their care.
(d) That there was nothing anyone could do to help her husband.

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

14. 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 believes he will cry whenever he loses a patient.
(c) He thinks it is fine to be emotionally attached.
(d) He feels he is a father figure to his patients.

15. What happened when the Hopkins team tried to put Beth's diseased hemisphere to sleep?
(a) She woke up.
(b) She slipped into a coma.
(c) They discovered that her speech control transferred to her good hemisphere.
(d) Her entire brain went to sleep.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What news did Maranda's parents receive about her diagnosis at UCLA Medical Center?

4. In "Coming Into My Own," whose voice did the author hear when he encountered prejudice?

5. 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 _____.

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