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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 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.

2. What is a pupilary response?
(a) When someone's eyes react to dust or other foreign objects.
(b) When students answers a teacher's question.
(c) When someone goes blind.
(d) When pupils respond to light.

3. What unusual solution did one doctor suggest Maranda try twice a day for her seizures?
(a) Cod liver oil.
(b) Wheatgrass.
(c) Leeches.
(d) Coffee.

4. What did the CT scan show after Beth's surgery in "Little Beth"?
(a) Her brain stem was swollen.
(b) A mysterious mass.
(c) A parasite.
(d) She was bleeding.

5. What did Dr. Long propose, months after the author's return to Baltimore?
(a) That he become the chief of pediatric neurosurgery.
(b) That he consider a permanent move to Australia.
(c) That he become the chairman of surgery.
(d) That he open a private practice.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How long did the twins remain in a coma after their surgery in "The Rest of Their Story"?

3. Why did the chief of surgery at Provident Hospital suggest the author did not want to stay at Johns Hopkins?

4. What celebrity came to Johns Hopkins to visit Beth while she was comatose?

5. What happened to Craig Warnick on June 19, 1988, in "Craig and Susan"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What prompted the author to apply to Johns Hopkins for his internship and residency?

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

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

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

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

7. Describe Maranda Francisco's improvements after her hemispherectomy.

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

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

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

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