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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 homework assignment did the author give Luis and Terry Francisco before Maranda's surgery?
(a) Say their prayers.
(b) Buy Maranda a toy from the gift shop.
(c) Sign up for family counseling.
(d) Watch some movies to distract them from worry.

2. What is a pupilary response?
(a) When students answers a teacher's question.
(b) When someone's eyes react to dust or other foreign objects.
(c) When someone goes blind.
(d) When pupils respond to light.

3. From what age did Maranda Francisco start having grand mal seizures?
(a) Four years old.
(b) Eighteen months old.
(c) Seven days old.
(d) Eight years old.

4. Who does the author complain, in "Another Step Forward," wouldn't talk to the "common people" like ward clerks or aides?
(a) Celebrity patients.
(b) Wealthy families.
(c) A few of the doctors.
(d) The veteran nurses.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author say a "four plus" did at the hospital?

2. What does the author say he and his wife share as an unfulfilled dream, in "Think Big"?

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

4. How did patient Danielle's mother first learn about the author, in "Three Special Children"?

5. What happened when the author pulled Craig's tumorous growth in his brain stem, during his surgery?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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