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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. How does the main character feel about his/her body?
(a) That it is deteriorating.
(b) That it is detached from him/her.
(c) That it will spontaneously combust.
(d) That it has a mind of its own.

2. What surgery is the main character admitted into the hospital to have?
(a) Appendectomy
(b) Kidney transplant
(c) Back surgery
(d) Gallbladder surgery

3. If Sacks called his chapters 'studies' what would that mean about his attitude?
(a) He despises his patients.
(b) He is professional.
(c) He is detached from his patients.
(d) He likes his patients.

4. The main character does not like his treatment. How does he/she cope?
(a) Changes medicines
(b) Takes medicine on the weekened but not during the week
(c) Takes medicine during the week but not on the weekends
(d) Learns to live without medicine

5. At what stage of Sacks' career does he encounter the main character of Chapter Four?
(a) As a young doctor
(b) As a doctor in the middle of his career practice
(c) As a young medical student
(d) As a resident

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the 'what science leaves out' theme play out in this chapter?

2. What does Sacks call his chapters?

3. Why is the main character confused?

4. What is the consequence scientists pay when they ignore the a patient's high cognitive function?

5. How does the main character compensate for his/her disorder?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Natasha K's affliction? What is its cause? How does it affect her? Does she like it or dislike it?

2. What is the twins' unique ability? In what venues do they use it? Does it give them intelligence in other areas?

3. Speculate as to why Sacks included Hildegard of Bingen in this book.

4. What is Mrs. O'C's primary symptom? What is Mrs. O'M's primary symptom? How do their attitudes differ about their symptoms?

5. How does Dr. Sacks approach the main character?

6. What is the cause of Christina's condition? Do scientists think it is a plausible cause?

7. Who is the main character in this chapter? What is the main character's occupation and affliction?

8. How does the main character handle her grandmother's death? What activities does she start in? Which does she end up in?

9. To what degree does Sachs see himself as a novelist? And to what degree does he see himself as a scientist?

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

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