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 did the author believe would happen if he did not give an injured patient a lobectomy?

2. In "Think Big," what does the author say talented young people should focus on, instead of music and sports?

3. Why did the chief of surgery at Provident Hospital suggest the author did not want to stay at Johns Hopkins?

4. What did the author and Dr. Udvarhelyi end up talking about extensively in the interview for Johns Hopkins?

5. What marveled the author about Danielle's parents, in "Three Special Children," when she died?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How does the author treat people in other professions? What experiences influence how the author treats people outside the medical field? What has the author's mother taught him about people who work different jobs?

Essay Topic 2

What experiences lead the author to wanting to become a doctor? What challenges must he overcome to reach his goal? How is he able to maintain his determination throughout his early life and career?

Essay Topic 3

Is it better to allow someone to die naturally or to proceed with a risky surgery that may or may not save them? Compare personal beliefs to the author's.

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