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

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

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

4. As Susan recalled her story in "Craig and Susan," who did she tell God she was like from the Bible?
(a) Isaac.
(b) Ruth.
(c) Abraham.
(d) Moses.

5. What does the author say a "four plus" did at the hospital?
(a) Galvanized everyone into action.
(b) Instructed how much coffee was needed.
(c) Informed how long an operation would be.
(d) Indicated the number of surgeons required to attend neurosurgery grand rounds.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of animal did the author decide to focus his brain research on, in "Coming Into My Own"?

2. In "Separating the Twins," where were the twins, Patrick and Benjamin, conjoined?

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

4. In "Craig and Susan," what did Susan Warnick's experience with Dr. Miller help her conclude?

5. How did Beth Usher, in "Little Beth," receive a bump that later caused her first seizure?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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