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. Why does the author say he experiences less of a negative response from patients nowadays?

2. What did the author find a technique for that involves placing metal rings on the back and front of the skull?

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

4. How long did the author expect Maranda's surgery to be, in "A Girl Named Maranda"?

5. How did Beth Usher, in "Little Beth," receive a bump that later caused her first seizure?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Rasmussen's encephalitis?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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