"Gifted Hands" By Ben Carson: Unit Test Intro-ch1

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  • 1. 

    Ben Carson was successful but what ultimately made him famous was

    • A.

      Having a religious experience

    • B.

      Growing up poor

    • C.

      Being the first to separate twins joined at the head

    • D.

      Becoming the first Black president

    Correct Answer
    C. Being the first to separate twins joined at the head
    Explanation
    Ben Carson became famous for being the first to successfully separate twins who were joined at the head. This groundbreaking medical achievement brought him widespread recognition and acclaim. While Carson had achieved success in his career prior to this accomplishment, it was the separation surgery that catapulted him to fame and solidified his place in medical history.

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  • 2. 

    The introduction of the story

    • A.

      Starts when Ben was 8 and his father left

    • B.

      Is set in an operating room with Ben operating on conjoined twins

    • C.

      Is set in an emergency room where they run out of blood

    • D.

      Is set in Boston in the run down tenements

    Correct Answer
    B. Is set in an operating room with Ben operating on conjoined twins
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is set in an operating room with Ben operating on conjoined twins". This is the only option that directly mentions the setting of the story and provides a specific scenario, which is Ben operating on conjoined twins in an operating room. The other options mention different settings or events that are unrelated to the introduction of the story.

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  • 3. 

    What is the name of the mother who's sons needed surgery to separate the juncture that joined their heads?

    • A.

      Sonya Carson

    • B.

      Tamika Binder

    • C.

      Melissa Brainer

    • D.

      Theresa Binder

    Correct Answer
    D. Theresa Binder
    Explanation
    The name of the mother who's sons needed surgery to separate the juncture that joined their heads is Theresa Binder.

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  • 4. 

    During the surgery to separate the conjoined twins, the doctors

    • A.

      Donated their own blood

    • B.

      Got tired and fell asleep

    • C.

      Brought blood into the emergency room

    • D.

      Ran out of blood after 17 hours of operating

    Correct Answer
    D. Ran out of blood after 17 hours of operating
    Explanation
    During the surgery to separate the conjoined twins, the doctors ran out of blood after 17 hours of operating. This means that the amount of blood available for the surgery was insufficient and depleted during the lengthy procedure. The doctors may not have anticipated the need for such a large amount of blood or there may have been unexpected complications that required more blood than initially planned. Nonetheless, the shortage of blood hindered the progress of the surgery and potentially put the lives of the twins at risk.

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  • 5. 

    How old are the conjoined twins when they are separated?

    • A.

      7 years old

    • B.

      17 years old

    • C.

      17 months old

    • D.

      7 months old

    Correct Answer
    D. 7 months old
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 7 months old. Conjoined twins are typically separated during infancy, usually within the first year of their lives. Separation surgery is considered safer and has better outcomes when performed at a younger age. Waiting until they are older increases the risk of complications and can also affect their physical and psychological development. Therefore, it is ideal to separate conjoined twins when they are around 7 months old.

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  • 6. 

    The doctors ran out of blood while working to separate the twins but solved this problem by

    • A.

      Getting the exact amount of blood needed from the city blood bank

    • B.

      Continuing the operation without the blood

    • C.

      Anesthetizing the twins

    • D.

      Donating their own blood

    Correct Answer
    A. Getting the exact amount of blood needed from the city blood bank
    Explanation
    The doctors ran out of blood while working to separate the twins but solved this problem by getting the exact amount of blood needed from the city blood bank.

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  • 7. 

    Why did the mother of the conjoined twins choose the Johns Hopkins hospital as the place to have the surgery done?

    • A.

      Because the famous Ben Carson worked there

    • B.

      Because they wanted a Black doctor to do the operation

    • C.

      Because the doctors there would do the surgery and work to preserve the lives of both boys

    • D.

      Because every other hospital had refused to do the surgery at all

    Correct Answer
    C. Because the doctors there would do the surgery and work to preserve the lives of both boys
    Explanation
    The mother of the conjoined twins chose the Johns Hopkins hospital because the doctors there would perform the surgery and also make efforts to preserve the lives of both boys. This suggests that the hospital had a reputation for successfully conducting such surgeries and prioritizing the well-being of the patients.

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  • 8. 

    The surgery took a total of 

    • A.

      7 months

    • B.

      70 hours

    • C.

      17 hours

    • D.

      22 hours

    Correct Answer
    D. 22 hours
    Explanation
    The surgery took a total of 22 hours. This is the correct answer because it is the only option that represents a reasonable amount of time for a surgery. 70 hours, 17 hours, and 7 months are all unrealistic durations for a single surgery.

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  • 9. 

    What were the names of the conjoined twins that Ben Carson's team operated on? 

    • A.

      Jack and Jill Binder

    • B.

      John and Joe Brainer

    • C.

      Patrick and Benjamin Binder

    • D.

      Ben and Curtis Carson

    Correct Answer
    C. Patrick and Benjamin Binder
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Patrick and Benjamin Binder. This is because the question specifically asks for the names of the conjoined twins that Ben Carson's team operated on, and Patrick and Benjamin Binder are the only names mentioned in the options.

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  • 10. 

    What was unique about primary neurosurgeon who had created the plan for the operation?

    • A.

      He never went to medical school

    • B.

      He had graduated from vocational school

    • C.

      He had a 3rd grade reading level

    • D.

      He had been a ghetto kid from the streets of Detroit

    Correct Answer
    D. He had been a ghetto kid from the streets of Detroit
    Explanation
    The unique aspect about the primary neurosurgeon who created the plan for the operation is that he had been a ghetto kid from the streets of Detroit. This background information suggests that despite facing challenges and obstacles, the neurosurgeon was able to overcome them and achieve success in their field. It highlights their resilience and determination to excel in their profession, despite their disadvantaged upbringing.

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  • 11. 

    What literary point of view is this story told?

    • A.

      Third person omniscient

    • B.

      Sonya Carson

    • C.

      First person

    • D.

      Ben Carson

    Correct Answer
    C. First person
    Explanation
    The correct answer is first person because the story is told from the perspective of the narrator, who is directly involved in the events of the story and refers to themselves as "I". This point of view allows the reader to have a personal and intimate connection with the narrator, gaining insight into their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

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  • 12. 

    When Ben Carson's father left the family

    • A.

      Moved to Tennessee

    • B.

      Was immediately happy that he was gone

    • C.

      Suffered financially

    • D.

      Sold their house

    Correct Answer
    C. Suffered financially
    Explanation
    When Ben Carson's father left the family, they experienced financial difficulties. This suggests that the absence of his father had a negative impact on their financial stability.

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  • 13. 

    How old is Ben Carson when his father leaves?

    • A.

      7 months

    • B.

      22

    • C.

      17

    • D.

      8

    Correct Answer
    D. 8
    Explanation
    Based on the given information, it can be inferred that Ben Carson is 8 years old when his father leaves.

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  • 14. 

    Why is it difficult for Carson to understand why his father has to leave?

    • A.

      Because his father had been mean to him

    • B.

      Because his mother lied to him

    • C.

      Because he was only 8 months old

    • D.

      Because his father had been a good dad

    Correct Answer
    D. Because his father had been a good dad
    Explanation
    Carson finds it difficult to understand why his father has to leave because his father has been a good dad. This implies that Carson has had a positive relationship with his father, and his father's departure may come as a surprise or confusion to him. Carson may struggle to comprehend why his father, who has been loving and caring, would have to leave.

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  • 15. 

    What was one thing that Ben said he liked to play with his father?

    • A.

      Football

    • B.

      Catch

    • C.

      He liked to play with the veins on the back of his hands

    • D.

      Hide and go seek

    Correct Answer
    C. He liked to play with the veins on the back of his hands
    Explanation
    Ben said that he liked to play with the veins on the back of his hands.

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  • 16. 

    Why do Carson’s parents divorce?

    • A.

      Ben's father abused his kids

    • B.

      Ben's father had no money

    • C.

      Ben's father got a job in Boston

    • D.

      Ben's father had another family

    Correct Answer
    D. Ben's father had another family
    Explanation
    The reason for Carson's parents' divorce is that Ben's father had another family. This suggests that Ben's father was involved in a relationship with someone else while still being married to Carson's mother. This could have caused a breakdown in trust and communication within the marriage, ultimately leading to their decision to divorce.

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  • 17. 

    When Ben's family had to move to Boston to live with his aunt, how did they get there?

    • A.

      They sold their house and used the money to buy plane tickets

    • B.

      His father drove them

    • C.

      They took a bus

    • D.

      His aunt came and got them

    Correct Answer
    B. His father drove them
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "his father drove them." This means that Ben's family used their car to travel to Boston.

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  • 18. 

    How does the absence of their father affect Ben and his brother?

    • A.

      They stopped going to church because they lost their faith

    • B.

      They were angry at their mother because they didn't have a father figure

    • C.

      They fought with each other all the time

    • D.

      They had very little money because his dad would not pay child support

    Correct Answer
    D. They had very little money because his dad would not pay child support
    Explanation
    The absence of their father affected Ben and his brother by causing financial difficulties. Their father not paying child support resulted in them having very little money.

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  • 19. 

    Ben could have been angry at his dad but he was not. Why didn't he hold a grudge or have harsh feelings towards his father?

    • A.

      Because he was mad at his mother for kicking his father out

    • B.

      Because his father paid child support and made sure they were taken care of

    • C.

      Because Ben's mother did not bash his dad and she seldom blamed him

    • D.

      Because Ben's brother told him not to hold a grudge

    Correct Answer
    C. Because Ben's mother did not bash his dad and she seldom blamed him
    Explanation
    Ben's lack of anger or grudge towards his dad can be attributed to the fact that his mother did not speak negatively about his father and rarely blamed him for their problems. This suggests that Ben's mother created a positive environment where she did not encourage negative feelings towards his dad, allowing Ben to maintain a healthy relationship with his father.

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  • 20. 

    Who does Ben Carson say is the most influential person in his life?

    • A.

      His father

    • B.

      The missionary doctor in the story

    • C.

      His pastor

    • D.

      His mother

    Correct Answer
    D. His mother
    Explanation
    Ben Carson says that his mother is the most influential person in his life. This suggests that she has had a significant impact on shaping his values, beliefs, and character. She may have played a crucial role in his upbringing, instilling important life lessons and guiding him towards success. Carson's admiration for his mother's influence highlights the profound impact that parental figures can have on an individual's development and achievements.

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