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Daniel Tammet
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Daniel's condition concerning epilepsy now?
(a) He is off all medication but still has occasional seizures.
(b) He still has break through seizures.
(c) He is still on medication but is seizure-free.
(d) He is seizure-free and off medication.

2. What is the name of the school play that Daniel's friend had a leading role in?
(a) A Christmas Carol.
(b) West Side Story.
(c) Sweeney Todd.
(d) Mary Poppins.

3. About how many children in Britain with an autistic spectrum disorder develop a certain type of epilepsy by adolescence?
(a) A third.
(b) Half.
(c) Nearly none.
(d) One percent.

4. The Tammet family moved several times. One of the homes was located:
(a) Down the street from where his father worked.
(b) Just across the road from the ice cream store.
(c) Just across the street from his school.
(d) Next door to the school bully.

5. What was the name of the boy Daniel made friends with in secondary school?
(a) Zyginta.
(b) Neil.
(c) Babak.
(d) Rehan.

Short Answer Questions

1. Professor Alan Snyder believes that autistic thought is:

2. What mathematical chess problem does Daniel diagram in detail in his book?

3. As the Tammet family grew in size, what did they do to accommodate three additional children?

4. Daniel makes his first friend in primary school. What is his name?

5. What did Daniel always look for in the library when he was younger?

Short Essay Questions

1. Daniel's poor coordination made swimming and learning to ride a bike difficult for him. How did he eventually learn these skills?

2. What is synesthesia and how does it affect Daniel?

3. Daniel had issues with brushing his teeth. What was his problem and how did he solve it?

4. Daniel was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy. How does this diagnosis make sense, considering Daniel's symptoms?

5. When Daniel began secondary school, why did he go to the library during recess and eat lunch alone?

6. Why did Daniel never get to meet his paternal grandfather?

7. In what way does Daniel think about numbers?

8. What makes Daniel consider his parents to be his heroes?

9. Why did some of the children in primary school call Daniel a crybaby?

10. From when he was two-years-old, Daniel began to bang his head repeatedly against walls. Why might he have done this and what did his parents do to stop him?

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