Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant Test | Mid-Book 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 did Daniel always look for in the library when he was younger?

2. Who in Daniel's family had also suffered from epilepsy?

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

4. What alphabet first prompted Daniel's interest in different languages?

5. What was Daniel's oldest brother named?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Although Daniel did not interact with other children at the nursery, he did not feel lonely. Why was this?

4. There were only a few places where Daniel felt safe and calm. Where were those places and why did they calm him?

5. What led Daniel to make up his imaginary friend, Anne?

6. In what ways does Daniel compare himself to Raymond Babbitt of the movie, Rain Man?

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

8. 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?

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

10. Why do you think Kevin, Daniel's father, tells his wife who is pregnant with Daniel, "Whatever happens, we'll love him."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Even after having found Neil, Daniel continues to have problems interacting with people on a social level. What problem still exists for him and why? Is this something that will improve with time? If so, how? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 2

Pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. Daniel (as well as many others) is fascinated with pi. It is an infinite, irrational number. Daniel spends a chapter in the book explaining pi and his relationship with it. Why do you think this fascinates him? Does he see pi in the same way that he experiences other numbers and words? Why, besides raising money for epilepsy research, does Daniel learn pi to some many decimal places at all?

Essay Topic 3

Daniel is diagnosed with epilepsy as a young child. How has this affected him throughout his life? Did it have any effect on his family? Do you believe his grandfather's diagnosis was a contributing factor to his diagnosis? Do you think the epilepsy helped cause his savant abilities or vice versa?

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