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. What does the author believe, even after losing Jennifer, about his relationship to patients?

3. What does the author say he and his wife share as an unfulfilled dream, in "Think Big"?

4. In "The Rest of Their Story," the author says the twins were given phenobarbitol in order to do what?

5. How does the author say Bo-Bo Valentine received her injury?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 believe he has "gifted hands"? How does he receive this gift? What does he do with the gift?

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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