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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 happened when the Hopkins team tried to put Beth's diseased hemisphere to sleep?
(a) Her entire brain went to sleep.
(b) They discovered that her speech control transferred to her good hemisphere.
(c) She slipped into a coma.
(d) She woke up.

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

3. How did Beth Usher, in "Little Beth," receive a bump that later caused her first seizure?
(a) She fell from a swing.
(b) She ran into a wall.
(c) She was stung by a bee.
(d) She was hit with a baseball.

4. During what years was the author a resident at Johns Hopkins?
(a) 1983-1988.
(b) 1974-1977.
(c) 1978-1982.
(d) 1985-1999.

5. In " Three Special Children," what does the author say is heartbreaking to watch parents do?
(a) Let tragedies tear their relationships apart.
(b) Bury a child.
(c) Second guess their decisions.
(d) Sit by the bedside of a comatose child.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Rest of Their Story," the author says the twins were given phenobarbitol in order to do what?

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

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

4. From what age did Maranda Francisco start having grand mal seizures?

5. What did the author believe would happen if he did not give an injured patient a lobectomy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is Rasmussen's encephalitis?

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

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

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

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

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

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