The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What part of the main character's body does he have a problem with?

2. Sacks is different from a fiction writer because:

3. Sacks is a:

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

5. Why would the disorder described in the chapter be a bad thing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What disorder to Jimmie have? What is it called? What does it involve? Can patients with this disorder make progress?

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

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

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

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

6. Who is the main character in this chapter? What is her affliction? How does she handle relationships with others?

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

8. How does Christina cope with her condition?

9. How do observes view the main character, given his inability to recognize that his leg hasn't been replaced?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What is Parkinson's disease? How does it affect the brain? What are common treatments for the disease? How effective are they? What prospects are there for a cure. Please write a five-page essay on this topic, double spaced. Cite your sources.

Essay Topic 2

Please outline in detail the costs and benefits of phantom limb syndrome to an amputee. You must list at least two costs of the disorder and at least one benefit. Please research a case study and illustrate your points with the study.

Essay Topic 3

To what extent are patients like those described in this book 'normal?' Is it that they can't function in society? Or can they, with a little help? How would you try to integrate these patients into society? Or would you refuse to try? Please pick two patients you think could be easily integrated into society and one patient that presents difficulties. Explain how you would integrate the first two patients and why the third would present difficulties.

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