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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why does the author say he experiences less of a negative response from patients nowadays?
(a) Times have changed and people are less prejudiced.
(b) Patients know who he is and what he looks like before they get there.
(c) He has learned to be more charming.
(d) He pre-screens patients to make sure they have a positive attitude.

3. 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) Reduce brain swelling.
(c) Regulate blood pressure.
(d) Fight off infection.

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

5. 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) The author suddenly felt lightheaded.
(c) Craig began to bleed excessively.
(d) It came free in one gigantic blob.

6. What are members of the Ben Carson Club at Old Court Middle School in the Baltimore suburbs required to do?
(a) Work in teams devising original science investigations.
(b) Follow the author's "Think Big" commands.
(c) Watch no more than three tevelvision programs a week and read at least two books.
(d) Meet with a mentor every week.

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

8. Why did the author tell Craig and Susan that he could NOT open the pons up during Craig's surgery?
(a) He did not have the necessary tool.
(b) He thought it was too risky.
(c) He was tired.
(d) There was too much swelling.

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

10. What does the author say he and his wife share as an unfulfilled dream, in "Think Big"?
(a) Starting a music school for disadvantaged youth.
(b) Setting up a national scholarship fund for young people with academic talent.
(c) Taking the boys to speaking opportunities when they are older.
(d) Spending their retirement years in Australia.

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

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

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

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

15. What does the author say was the most harrowing moment of the surgery for Patrick and Benjamin, in "Separating the Twins"?
(a) Learning that the blood supply might run out.
(b) Fashioning new satittal veins.
(c) Separating the large venus sinuses.
(d) Forcing the boys into hypothermic arrest.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Maranda say, in "A Girl Named Maranda," that she wanted after her hemispherectomy?

2. In "Family Affairs," why does the author believe his wife, Candy, is able to cope with his long hours?

3. From what age did Maranda Francisco start having grand mal seizures?

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

5. In "The Rest of Their Story," what did the author say headlines read after the twins' surgery?

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