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. What does the author say was the most harrowing moment of the surgery for Patrick and Benjamin, in "Separating the Twins"?

2. 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 _____.

3. During what years was the author a resident at Johns Hopkins?

4. In "Separating the Twins," where were the twins, Patrick and Benjamin, conjoined?

5. How long did the author expect Maranda's surgery to be, in "A Girl Named Maranda"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What responsibility does the author feel to the Black community? What responsibility does he feel to all humans? Why does he pass up an opportunity that would allow him to help more Black patients?

Essay Topic 2

Why does the author strive to be the best, yet shy away from attention and praise? What is the author's motivation for excellence? What does the author personally gain from being a surgeon?

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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