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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 was stung by a bee.
(b) She fell from a swing.
(c) She ran into a wall.
(d) She was hit with a baseball.

2. What reason does the author give for not wanting to travel to Australia, in "A Special Year"?
(a) The 20-hour flight.
(b) The heavy accents.
(c) The healthcare system there.
(d) The Whites-only policy.

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

4. What affiliation did the author and his wife have that opened doors for them in Australia?
(a) They were Black Americans.
(b) They belonged to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
(c) They were Yale alumni.
(d) They lived in Michigan.

5. Why does the author say he experiences less of a negative response from patients nowadays?
(a) Patients know who he is and what he looks like before they get there.
(b) He has learned to be more charming.
(c) He pre-screens patients to make sure they have a positive attitude.
(d) Times have changed and people are less prejudiced.

Short Answer Questions

1. What concept allowed Maranda to manage well without the left half of her brain?

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

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

4. What significant sign of recovery did Maranda show after her hemispherectomy?

5. How long did Maranda's hemispherectomy take in "Heartbreak"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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