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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 aspect of his patients is Sacks concerned to communicate to his reader?
(a) Their diagnosis
(b) Their representation of self
(c) Their neurological defect
(d) Their treatment

2. The main character's disorder involves a breakdown of cooperation between which three body systems?
(a) Hearing, proprioception, and vision
(b) Hearing, balance organs, and vision
(c) Vision, balance organs, and proprioception
(d) Hearing, balance organs, and proprioception

3. How does the 'what science leaves out' theme play out in this chapter?
(a) Science pays no attention to the state of the soul in these matters.
(b) Science ignores the ethical issues at stake.
(c) Science leaves out the personal experience of the patient.
(d) Science leaves out an account of higher cognitive faculties.

4. The main character has a dream that foreshadows her condition? What is the dream about?
(a) Losing the ability to stand or feel objects
(b) Losing the ability to see or hear
(c) Losing the ability to taste or smell
(d) Losing the ability to remember recent and distant events

5. What year does Sacks think Jimmie G's memory should have stopped?
(a) 1965
(b) 1975
(c) 1955
(d) 1945

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the main character's most frustrating disability?

3. After Dr. Sacks and Mr. P part ways, how much longer does Mr. P teach music?

4. What is the main character's affliction?

5. The main character has a high level of intelligence, allowing him/her to accomplish what despite his/her disability?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When the main character loses his affliction? What has he lost? What does he think he has lost?

3. What is the main character's affliction? What crime is he on trial for? What is the outcome of the trial?

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

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

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

7. What is Miguel's affliction? How does it affect him? How is it treated? And are its effects good or bad?

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

9. 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?

10. Which activities return the main character to normal? Why?

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