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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) Fashioning new satittal veins.
(c) Forcing the boys into hypothermic arrest.
(d) Learning that the blood supply might run out.

3. 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) Research/Practice.
(c) Patients/Empowered advocates for healthcare.
(d) Doctors/Teachers.

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

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

6. 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.

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

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

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

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

11. 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) Removing brain tumors.
(c) Curing headaches.
(d) Taking better x-rays of the brain.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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 _____.

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

3. How long did Maranda's hemispherectomy take in "Heartbreak"?

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

5. What marveled the author about Danielle's parents, in "Three Special Children," when she died?

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