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

2. How many applications for neurosurgery residency does the author say Johns Hopkins averaged?
(a) 1,976.
(b) 10,000.
(c) 2.
(d) 125.

3. In "A Special Year," why was the author concerned about his wife traveling to Australia?
(a) She hated warm climates.
(b) She was pregnant and on bed rest.
(c) She would have to quit a lucrative job.
(d) She would have to leave all of her close friends.

4. In "Family Affairs," why does the author believe his wife, Candy, is able to cope with his long hours?
(a) She is confident and secure in herself.
(b) She believes married people are more successful if they rarely see each other.
(c) She is a homebody.
(d) She is busy in her profession as well.

5. In "The Rest of Their Story," the author says the twins were given phenobarbitol in order to do what?
(a) Reduce brain swelling.
(b) Regulate blood pressure.
(c) Fight off infection.
(d) Put the babies in a coma.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author believe, even after losing Jennifer, about his relationship to patients?

2. What type of animal did the author decide to focus his brain research on, in "Coming Into My Own"?

3. What does the author say a "four plus" did at the hospital?

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

5. What did the CT scan show after Beth's surgery in "Little Beth"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What happened at Johns Hopkins in 1985 that allowed the author more time?

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

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