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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. As Susan recalled her story in "Craig and Susan," who did she tell God she was like from the Bible?

3. What does the author say interns called their white uniforms in "Coming Into My Own"?

4. How long did Maranda's hemispherectomy take in "Heartbreak"?

5. Before the author left for his interview in Baltimore, he decided that he wanted to be himself and be accepted or rejected by _____ and not _____.

Short Essay Questions

1. What was unusual about Craig being able to eat a whole plate of spaghetti, six weeks after his surgery?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is Rasmussen's encephalitis?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does the author feel that some rules can be broken? What rules does he break in his career? How does breaking rules make him more successful than if he he only followed guidelines set by others?

Essay Topic 2

Is the author successful because of his hard work or his faith? Compare the author's beliefs about his success to a personal analysis.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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