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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. How did Beth Usher, in "Little Beth," receive a bump that later caused her first seizure?
(a) She ran into a wall.
(b) She was stung by a bee.
(c) She was hit with a baseball.
(d) She fell from a swing.

2. What did the author and Dr. Udvarhelyi end up talking about extensively in the interview for Johns Hopkins?
(a) Detroit.
(b) Metal rings.
(c) Classical music.
(d) Yale.

3. In " Three Special Children," what does the author say is heartbreaking to watch parents do?
(a) Sit by the bedside of a comatose child.
(b) Second guess their decisions.
(c) Bury a child.
(d) Let tragedies tear their relationships apart.

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

5. What does the author say he and his wife share as an unfulfilled dream, in "Think Big"?
(a) Setting up a national scholarship fund for young people with academic talent.
(b) Taking the boys to speaking opportunities when they are older.
(c) Starting a music school for disadvantaged youth.
(d) Spending their retirement years in Australia.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author conclude in "Family Affairs" is a top priority?

2. What unusual solution did one doctor suggest Maranda try twice a day for her seizures?

3. In "Think Big," what does the author say talented young people should focus on, instead of music and sports?

4. How long did the author expect Maranda's surgery to be, in "A Girl Named Maranda"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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