Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What hymn does the author say dissolves his negativity?

2. What did the author's mother consistently ask him about, no matter how tired she was?

3. What college did the author decide to attend?

4. The author's mother told him if he could _____, he could learn just about anything he wanted to know.

5. Why did the author and his brother give up football in "Two Positives"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the author's relationship with his father, prior to his leaving the family.

2. How did the author's mother respond to his announcement that he wanted to become a doctor?

3. What did the author's mother teach her sons that she learned at work?

4. How does the author take on the challenge of being student-sergeant for a rambunctious unit?

5. How does the author learn about the arts in "ROTC Triumph"?

6. Why was the author impressed in the ROTC by a student named Sharper?

7. How does the author explain, in "College Choices" the miracle he experiences on a class exam?

8. How does the author describe his mother's way with finances?

9. Describe how the author has managed his temper in the years since he tried to kill his friend, Bob.

10. How did the author get the crew he supervises to be more productive, in "Changing the Rules"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why might the author invest so much time in ROTC, when he has no intentions of entering the military? Describe his motivation for joining ROTC, his influences, and the skills he will be able to use in his medical career.

Essay Topic 2

How does the author treat people in other professions? What experiences influence how the author treats people outside the medical field? What has the author's mother taught him about people who work different jobs?

Essay Topic 3

Why does the author initially object to working in Australia? What type of experience does he imagine, based on his fears? How is his experience there different from what he originally anticipated?

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