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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) Watch no more than three tevelvision programs a week and read at least two books.
(c) Meet with a mentor every week.
(d) Follow the author's "Think Big" commands.

2. During the author's intense year as chief resident, he learned the special skills that transform the _____ along with his hands, eyes and intuition into _____.
(a) Doctors/Teachers.
(b) Surgical instruments/Healing.
(c) Patients/Empowered advocates for healthcare.
(d) Research/Practice.

3. Why did the author tell Craig and Susan that he could NOT open the pons up during Craig's surgery?
(a) He did not have the necessary tool.
(b) He thought it was too risky.
(c) There was too much swelling.
(d) He was tired.

4. What unusual solution did one doctor suggest Maranda try twice a day for her seizures?
(a) Wheatgrass.
(b) Cod liver oil.
(c) Coffee.
(d) Leeches.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What did the author find a technique for that involves placing metal rings on the back and front of the skull?

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

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

5. Why did the chief of surgery at Provident Hospital suggest the author did not want to stay at Johns Hopkins?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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