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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In "The Rest of Their Story," what did the author say headlines read after the twins' surgery?
(a) Twins may not survive.
(b) It's all in God's hands.
(c) Dr. Carson a hero.
(d) Twins blind from surgery.

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

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

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

6. Why did Teresa Binder consider overdosing on sleeping pills in "Separating the Twins"?
(a) She was addicted to sleeping pills.
(b) She was having relationship problems.
(c) She could not bear the idea of giving birth to conjoined twins.
(d) She was suspersticious about giving birth to twins.

7. 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.

8. What unusual solution did one doctor suggest Maranda try twice a day for her seizures?
(a) Wheatgrass.
(b) Cod liver oil.
(c) Coffee.
(d) Leeches.

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

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

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

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

13. In "Think Big," what does the author say talented young people should focus on, instead of music and sports?
(a) Science.
(b) Service.
(c) Books and self-improvement.
(d) Finding a spiritual community.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Denise's surgery, in "Little Beth," confirmed for the author that when people know their _____ and they know their job, it doesn't matter who _____ them.

2. In "Separating the Twins," where were the twins, Patrick and Benjamin, conjoined?

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

4. 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 _____.

5. What did the CT scan show after Beth's surgery in "Little Beth"?

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