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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. What does Sacks compare his tales to?
(a) Arabian Nights
(b) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
(c) Lawrence of Arabia
(d) The Bible

2. Which medicine is used to calm down the main character?
(a) Haldol
(b) Luvox
(c) Depicote
(d) Abilify

3. The character's condition is caused by polyneuritis, which is:
(a) Damaging of the pain centers of the nerves attached to skin
(b) Damaging of the sensory roots of the nerves attached to skin
(c) Damaging of the sensory roots of the spinal and cranial nerves
(d) Damaging of the pain centers of the spinal and cranial nerves

4. What was the main character's old line of work that helped in compensating for the main character's disorder?
(a) Farming
(b) Carpentry
(c) Pottery
(d) Aviation

5. What is a visual phantom?
(a) When a patient has hallucinations of past events.
(b) When a patient's perception is confused and they cannot navigate well.
(c) When a patient sees shapes and colors that are not there.
(d) When a patient has a persistent hallucination of a person or other being accompanying or harassing him/her.

Short Answer Questions

1. If Sacks called his chapters 'studies' what would that mean about his attitude?

2. How does the main character seem when Sacks meets him?

3. What is the main character's affliction?

4. What does the main character do with this body part?

5. Where is the main character sitting when the nurses find him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Christina cope with her condition?

3. Where is the main character housed after the trial? How does he come to recall the crime he committed?

4. Why does it matter to Sacks that he tell stories about his patients rather than giving sterile case studies?

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

6. Explain the impact of hearing Reagan's speech on the main character. What does he/she notice that others do not? What does she miss?

7. What is the connection between Christina's dream and her ailment?

8. What is the main character's disorder? Which capacity does it diminish? Which capacity does it enhance?

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

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

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