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. Why does the author say he experiences less of a negative response from patients nowadays?

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

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

4. What does the author say interns called their white uniforms in "Coming Into My Own"?

5. How many applications for neurosurgery residency does the author say Johns Hopkins averaged?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Reflect on the author's "Think Big" acrostic answer to success. Is it a realistic approach to success? Why or why not? How might schools, communities, or cultures be different if everyone followed each idea?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Why does the author pursue a relationship during his college years, when he knows he must commit to years of education and training? What does Candy bring to the relationship that the author needs? What role does Candy play throughout the author's career?

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