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

2. What does the author say was the most harrowing moment of the surgery for Patrick and Benjamin, in "Separating the Twins"?
(a) Separating the large venus sinuses.
(b) Learning that the blood supply might run out.
(c) Forcing the boys into hypothermic arrest.
(d) Fashioning new satittal veins.

3. How long did Maranda's hemispherectomy take in "Heartbreak"?
(a) Three hours.
(b) Five hours.
(c) Twenty hours.
(d) Ten hours.

4. What does the author say he and his wife share as an unfulfilled dream, in "Think Big"?
(a) Taking the boys to speaking opportunities when they are older.
(b) Setting up a national scholarship fund for young people with academic talent.
(c) Spending their retirement years in Australia.
(d) Starting a music school for disadvantaged youth.

5. Denise's surgery, in "Little Beth," confirmed for the author that when people know their _____ and they know their job, it doesn't matter who _____ them.
(a) Profession/Hires.
(b) Capabilities/Opposes.
(c) Weaknesses/Supports.
(d) Enemies/Attacks.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Teresa Binder consider overdosing on sleeping pills in "Separating the Twins"?

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

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

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

5. During what years was the author a resident at Johns Hopkins?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Rasmussen's encephalitis?

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

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

4. What complications did Danielle experience after her surgery in "Three Special Children"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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