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

2. What type of animal did the author decide to focus his brain research on, in "Coming Into My Own"?

3. Who does the author complain, in "Another Step Forward," wouldn't talk to the "common people" like ward clerks or aides?

4. What time does the author decide he must leave work each day, in "Family Affairs"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did the author tell a resident at the hospital in Australia that he came from a large family?

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

3. What is Rasmussen's encephalitis?

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

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

6. What was controversial about Denise Baca's hemispherectomy?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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