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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 are members of the Ben Carson Club at Old Court Middle School in the Baltimore suburbs required to do?
(a) Work in teams devising original science investigations.
(b) Meet with a mentor every week.
(c) Follow the author's "Think Big" commands.
(d) Watch no more than three tevelvision programs a week and read at least two books.

2. What did the author find a technique for that involves placing metal rings on the back and front of the skull?
(a) Taking better x-rays of the brain.
(b) Finding the foramen ovale.
(c) Removing brain tumors.
(d) Curing headaches.

3. What time does the author decide he must leave work each day, in "Family Affairs"?
(a) 7 p.m
(b) 11 p.m.
(c) 5 p.m.
(d) 12 a.m.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did the author tell Craig and Susan that he could NOT open the pons up during Craig's surgery?

2. The author says he was hooked the first few times he looked down upon what?

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

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

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

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

4. What is Rasmussen's encephalitis?

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

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

7. What challenge did Patrick face after his surgery, in "The Rest of Their Story"?

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

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

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

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