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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

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.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did patient Danielle's mother first learn about the author, in "Three Special Children"?

2. In " Three Special Children," what does the author say is heartbreaking to watch parents do?

3. The author says he was hooked the first few times he looked down upon what?

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

5. How much blood did Maranda lose during the hemispherectomy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL)?

2. What is Rasmussen's encephalitis?

3. Why did some doctors oppose a craniectomy for a patient named Charles in "Three Special Children"?

4. What does the letter T stand for in the author's "Think Big" acrostic?

5. What complications did Danielle experience after her surgery in "Three Special Children"?

6. How did Theresa Binder, in "Separating the Twins," respond to the news that she was having Siamese twins?

7. How does the author explain the phenomenon of plasticity?

8. How did Dr. Long handle a White patient who did not want a Black doctor on her case?

9. Why did Brian and Kathy Usher initially decide against the hemispherectomy for their daughter, Beth?

10. Why does the author say "no knowledge is ever wasted," in "Another Step Forward"?

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