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. 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.

2. What did the author find a technique for that involves placing metal rings on the back and front of the skull?

3. What did the CT scan show after Beth's surgery in "Little Beth"?

4. How did Beth Usher, in "Little Beth," receive a bump that later caused her first seizure?

5. In "Family Affairs," why does the author believe his wife, Candy, is able to cope with his long hours?

Short Essay Questions

1. What prompted the author to apply to Johns Hopkins for his internship and residency?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Is the author successful because of his hard work or his faith? Compare the author's beliefs about his success to a personal analysis.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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