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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. Some scientists believe that metaphors may be the result of:
2. Why did Daniel decide to publicly recite as many digits in the number pi as he could to beat a record?
3. Who did Daniel help with advice on learning Romanian?
4. What is Daniel's main role as a volunteer in Lithuania?
5. How does Daniel meet his partner, Neil?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did Daniel prepare himself for the airplane flight to California?
2. Why did Daniel spend his first weekend in Kaunas inside his new apartment?
3. Describe Daniel's state of mind as he recited pi for an audience for more than five hours.
4. How is Daniel's partner, Neil, similar to Daniel?
5. Why does Daniel want to do a fundraiser for the Epilepsy Society?
6. Why is Daniel so enthralled with pi?
7. Why is Icelandic considered to be such a difficult language to learn?
8. Why did Daniel end up walking up the steep hill of Volunteer Ave. on his commute to the Volunteer Center?
9. When Daniel returns to his family's new home after a year in Lithuania, why must he readjust to living there?
10. Why did Daniel's travels and meetings during the making of Brainman and his appearances on television give him such a feeling of elation?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Daniel is drawn to learn more about the language of Esperanto. He also develops his own language and calls it Manti. Why do you think he makes up his own language? Will he be able to speak it with anyone else? Why has his development of Manti attracted the attention of language researchers?
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 achieves a great challenge by learning Icelandic in only four days. Why is this considered so difficult? How is this learning experience different from other language-learning experiences?
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