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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) Serendipity.
(b) Relativity.
(c) Plasticity.
(d) Multiplicity.

2. How did patient Danielle's mother first learn about the author, in "Three Special Children"?
(a) An entry in Encyclopedia Britannica.
(b) The Phil Donahue show.
(c) Danielle's doctor referred him.
(d) An article in Ladies Home Journal.

3. How long did the twins remain in a coma after their surgery in "The Rest of Their Story"?
(a) Two weeks.
(b) A week.
(c) Two months.
(d) Ten days.

4. What news did Maranda's parents receive about her diagnosis at UCLA Medical Center?
(a) The results were inconclusive.
(b) The doctors saw no evidence of inflammation on her brain.
(c) The doctors believed a new drug would cure her.
(d) Her condition was inoperable.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In "A Special Year," why was the author concerned about his wife traveling to Australia?

2. What is a pupilary response?

3. How long did the author expect Maranda's surgery to be, in "A Girl Named Maranda"?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is Rasmussen's encephalitis?

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

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

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

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

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