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

2. How does the author say Bo-Bo Valentine received her injury?
(a) She fell off a swing.
(b) She was hit by a baseball.
(c) She was attacked by a dog.
(d) She was hit by a truck.

3. What did the author believe would happen if he did not give an injured patient a lobectomy?
(a) The patient would experience brain damage.
(b) The patient would die.
(c) He would lose his job.
(d) He would disappoint his mentor.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In "Coming Into My Own," whose voice did the author hear when he encountered prejudice?

3. 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 _____.

4. What homework assignment did the author give Luis and Terry Francisco before Maranda's surgery?

5. In "The Rest of Their Story," the author says the twins were given phenobarbitol in order to do what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who does the author say he feels a self-imposed obligation to act as a role model for?

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

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

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

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

7. What was controversial about Denise Baca's hemispherectomy?

8. What was unusual about Craig being able to eat a whole plate of spaghetti, six weeks after his surgery?

9. What were some of the possible outcomes of Maranda's hemispherectomy, in "A Girl Named Maranda"?

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

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