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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 did Maranda say, in "A Girl Named Maranda," that she wanted after her hemispherectomy?
(a) A better brain.
(b) No more seizures.
(c) A doll.
(d) A new haircut.

2. What does the author say was a "golden opportunity," where there would be no outcries over Denise Baca's hemispherectomy?
(a) When his critic left for an overseas conference.
(b) When Denise's family and friends held a candlelight vigil.
(c) When a judge ordered the operation.
(d) When the author was asked to televise the procedure.

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

4. 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 was hit with a baseball.
(d) She ran into a wall.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Coming Into My Own," whose voice did the author hear when he encountered prejudice?

2. What does the author say happened every time an instrument touched Maranda during her surgery?

3. What marveled the author about Danielle's parents, in "Three Special Children," when she died?

4. In "The Rest of Their Story," what did the author say headlines read after the twins' surgery?

5. What did the author and Dr. Udvarhelyi end up talking about extensively in the interview for Johns Hopkins?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Rasmussen's encephalitis?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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