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 a "four plus" did at the hospital?

2. What did Dr. Long propose, months after the author's return to Baltimore?

3. What reason does the author give for not wanting to travel to Australia, in "A Special Year"?

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

5. What happened to Craig Warnick on June 19, 1988, in "Craig and Susan"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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