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. How did patient Danielle's mother first learn about the author, in "Three Special Children"?

2. Why did the author tell Craig and Susan that he could NOT open the pons up during Craig's surgery?

3. Who reminded the author, in "Craig and Susan," to remember his mother's words about trusting the Lord?

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

5. In "The Rest of Their Story," what did the author say headlines read after the twins' surgery?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the letter T stand for in the author's "Think Big" acrostic?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Why might the author invest so much time in ROTC, when he has no intentions of entering the military? Describe his motivation for joining ROTC, his influences, and the skills he will be able to use in his medical career.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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