Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Daniel Tammet
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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. Daniel developed a love for a certain type of story as a child. These were:

2. Why did Daniel's parents have to clear the floor in his room at night, leave a hall light, on and put a gate at the top of the stairs?

3. A game Daniel played with his siblings involved collecting books. What did they do with books?

4. What item did Daniel break in school that cost him a letter of apology and his parents' money?

5. One of Daniel's teachers, Mr. Thraves, threw away a collection that Daniel had brought to school. What was it a collection of?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How did Daniel's father's mental breakdown slowly show signs of happening?

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

6. Why did the workers at the nursery school Daniel attended not try very hard to make him play with the other children?

7. Daniel seems to cry nonstop as a baby even into his first year of life. What is his parent's attitude toward constant crying?

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

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

How does Daniel's volunteer experience in Lithuania ultimately affect his life? How does he have an effect on other's lives there?

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

Why does Daniel find languages so fascinating? What aspects of languages are difficult for him? How does his facility with language help him in other areas of life?

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