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 believe, even after losing Jennifer, about his relationship to patients?

2. The author says he was hooked the first few times he looked down upon what?

3. What are members of the Ben Carson Club at Old Court Middle School in the Baltimore suburbs required to do?

4. What significant sign of recovery did Maranda show after her hemispherectomy?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What happened at Johns Hopkins in 1985 that allowed the author more time?

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

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

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

9. What challenge did Patrick face after his surgery, in "The Rest of Their Story"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 learn about himself at Yale? How does he change from the start of his freshman year at Yale to his graduation? How might the author's future have been different if he had failed a class and been dropped from the premed program?

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