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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. Which capacity of the main character is enhanced by his/her disability?
(a) The ability to comprehend complex words
(b) The ability to comprehend simple sentences.
(c) The ability to understand speaking tone
(d) The ability to see color.

2. For Sacks it is important to treat his patients with:
(a) Respect
(b) Love
(c) Disdain
(d) A Helping Hand

3. What was the main character's previous occupation?
(a) English Teacher
(b) History Teacher
(c) Math Teacher
(d) Gym Teacher

4. Why would the disorder described in the chapter be a bad thing?
(a) Patients do not recover from losing a limb.
(b) The brain does process information properly when patients feel their phantom limbs.
(c) Patients get angry when they rediscover they do not have limbs.
(d) Patients are disturbed by their false sensations.

5. There is a disorder where patients suddenly lose part of their memory back to a certain date or time period. What is it called?
(a) Short-term Amnesia
(b) Retrograde Amensia
(c) Postgrade Amensia
(d) Long-term Amnesia

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Sacks compare his tales to?

2. What are the agents that spread the main character's disorder?

3. The main character has a dream that foreshadows her condition? What is the dream about?

4. How do the main character's nurses help him/her fix his/her disability?

5. What branch of the armed services was Jimmie G. in?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the overall theme of the book?

2. How does Sacks react to Mrs. B's view about her own condition?

3. How is Madeline's problem fixed? What was the cause of her disorder in the first place?

4. To what extent can William escape his affliction? Which activities allow him to escape it?

5. What is Mr. MacGregor's disorder? How does he discover it?

6. What is proprioception? What does losing it prevent you from doing?

7. Who is the main character in this chapter? What is his affliction? What does he maintain despite his affliction?

8. What is strange about the period that Jimmie is stuck in from Dr. Sacks' perspective?

9. What is the source of the twins' ability? How can they lose their ability?

10. How do people react to the main character on the street? What does she do to avoid their reaction?

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