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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 '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 leaves out the personal experience of the patient.
(c) Science leaves out an account of higher cognitive faculties.
(d) Science ignores the ethical issues at stake.

2. How old is the main character?
(a) Seventy-Three
(b) Eighty-Three
(c) Ninety-Three
(d) Ninety

3. What is his problem with body?
(a) He believes that his hands are someone else's.
(b) He believes that his arm is someone else's.
(c) He believes that his leg is someone else's.
(d) He believes that his face is someone else's.

4. Why is the main character confused?
(a) He can't figure out how to detach his leg from his body.
(b) He can't figure out how to remove his face.
(c) He can't figure out how to remove his hands.
(d) He can't figure out how to detach his arm from his body.

5. What is proprioception?
(a) The sense of smell.
(b) The sense of taste.
(c) The sense that monitors physical movement.
(d) The sense that monitors the heartbeat.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What aspect of his patients is Sacks concerned to communicate to his reader?

3. The main character cannot perceive:

4. The main character's name is

5. Who is the main character of this chapter?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are Madeline J.'s afflictions? Which one is most frustrating to her and why?

4. How does Sacks answer the following questions? Is there a place in society for people like Jose? Does Jose have a functional role in society? Or is he too disabled to function?

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

6. Why does A. R. Luria advise Sacks to present case histories as stories? What aspect of his stories does Sacks focus on as a result?

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

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

9. What is the cause of the main character's affliction? When is it first treated? When does it return?

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

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