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 time does the author decide he must leave work each day, in "Family Affairs"?

2. During what years was the author a resident at Johns Hopkins?

3. What did the CT scan show after Beth's surgery in "Little Beth"?

4. 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 _____.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Why does the author initially object to working in Australia? What type of experience does he imagine, based on his fears? How is his experience there different from what he originally anticipated?

Essay Topic 2

How is the author able to build strong, supportive relationships in his life? How does he support others? Why are some of the people who are close to him unsupportive? How does the author react to unsupportive people?

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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