Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story Test | Final 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. In "Think Big," what does the author say talented young people should focus on, instead of music and sports?

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

3. Denise's surgery, in "Little Beth," confirmed for the author that when people know their _____ and they know their job, it doesn't matter who _____ them.

4. Before the author left for his interview in Baltimore, he decided that he wanted to be himself and be accepted or rejected by _____ and not _____.

5. In "The Rest of Their Story," what did the author say headlines read after the twins' surgery?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does the author say "no knowledge is ever wasted," in "Another Step Forward"?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is the author able to build strong, supportive relationships in his life? How does he support others? Why are some of the people who are close to him unsupportive? How does the author react to unsupportive people?

Essay Topic 2

How does the author change when he transfers to a predominately Black school in the eighth grade? How are his peers similar to his old classmates at Wilson Junior High? How are they different?

Essay Topic 3

What does the author know about his mother's mental condition while he is growing up? How does the author feel about his mother, once he learns of her psychological struggles? How might the author's perception of his mother change, as he learns more about the brain?

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