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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 was suspersticious about giving birth to twins.
(d) She could not bear the idea of giving birth to conjoined twins.

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

4. 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.
(a) Capabilities/Opposes.
(b) Enemies/Attacks.
(c) Weaknesses/Supports.
(d) Profession/Hires.

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

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

7. In " Three Special Children," what does the author say is heartbreaking to watch parents do?
(a) Let tragedies tear their relationships apart.
(b) Bury a child.
(c) Second guess their decisions.
(d) Sit by the bedside of a comatose child.

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

9. 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.

10. How much blood did Maranda lose during the hemispherectomy?
(a) Two pints.
(b) Nine pints.
(c) Twelve ounces.
(d) None.

11. As Susan recalled her story in "Craig and Susan," who did she tell God she was like from the Bible?
(a) Abraham.
(b) Ruth.
(c) Moses.
(d) Isaac.

12. 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 Whites-only policy.
(d) The 20-hour flight.

13. What significant sign of recovery did Maranda show after her hemispherectomy?
(a) She slept.
(b) She had little swelling.
(c) She talked.
(d) She sat up on the gurney.

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

15. In "A Special Year," why was the author concerned about his wife traveling to Australia?
(a) She would have to quit a lucrative job.
(b) She was pregnant and on bed rest.
(c) She would have to leave all of her close friends.
(d) She hated warm climates.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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 _____.

2. What does the author believe, even after losing Jennifer, about his relationship to patients?

3. What are members of the Ben Carson Club at Old Court Middle School in the Baltimore suburbs required to do?

4. What does the author say a "four plus" did at the hospital?

5. What does the author say interns called their white uniforms in "Coming Into My Own"?

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