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

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

3. What did Maranda say, in "A Girl Named Maranda," that she wanted after her hemispherectomy?
(a) A doll.
(b) A new haircut.
(c) A better brain.
(d) No more seizures.

4. What does the author say interns called their white uniforms in "Coming Into My Own"?
(a) Money gear.
(b) Super whites.
(c) Doctor threads.
(d) Monkey suits.

5. What happened when the author pulled Craig's tumorous growth in his brain stem, during his surgery?
(a) Craig began to bleed excessively.
(b) The author heard God's voice.
(c) It came free in one gigantic blob.
(d) The author suddenly felt lightheaded.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Coming Into My Own," whose voice did the author hear when he encountered prejudice?

2. What is a pupilary response?

3. What celebrity came to Johns Hopkins to visit Beth while she was comatose?

4. What news did Maranda's parents receive about her diagnosis at UCLA Medical Center?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Rasmussen's encephalitis?

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

4. How did Theresa Binder, in "Separating the Twins," respond to the news that she was having Siamese twins?

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

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

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

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

9. What was unusual about Craig being able to eat a whole plate of spaghetti, six weeks after his surgery?

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

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