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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What happened when the author pulled Craig's tumorous growth in his brain stem, during his surgery?
(a) Craig began to bleed excessively.
(b) The author heard God's voice.
(c) The author suddenly felt lightheaded.
(d) It came free in one gigantic blob.

4. What affiliation did the author and his wife have that opened doors for them in Australia?
(a) They were Yale alumni.
(b) They lived in Michigan.
(c) They were Black Americans.
(d) They belonged to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

5. In "Coming Into My Own," whose voice did the author hear when he encountered prejudice?
(a) Dr. Long's.
(b) Martin Luther King Jr.'s.
(c) His father's.
(d) His mother's.

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

7. 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) Instructed how much coffee was needed.
(c) Galvanized everyone into action.
(d) Informed how long an operation would be.

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

9. 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.

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

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

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

13. What type of animal did the author decide to focus his brain research on, in "Coming Into My Own"?
(a) Dogs.
(b) Rabbits.
(c) Mokeys.
(d) Rats.

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How did Beth Usher, in "Little Beth," receive a bump that later caused her first seizure?

3. What does the author say was the most harrowing moment of the surgery for Patrick and Benjamin, in "Separating the Twins"?

4. What unusual solution did one doctor suggest Maranda try twice a day for her seizures?

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

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