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

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

3. From what age did Maranda Francisco start having grand mal seizures?
(a) Seven days old.
(b) Eight years old.
(c) Eighteen months old.
(d) Four years old.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What happened when the Hopkins team tried to put Beth's diseased hemisphere to sleep?

2. During what years was the author a resident at Johns Hopkins?

3. What did the author find a technique for that involves placing metal rings on the back and front of the skull?

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.

5. What reason does the author give for not wanting to travel to Australia, in "A Special Year"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Rasmussen's encephalitis?

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

5. How did the chief of surgery at Provident Hospital try to lure the author to work for him?

6. Why did the author tell a resident at the hospital in Australia that he came from a large family?

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

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

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

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

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