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 is proprioception?

2. There is a disorder where patients suddenly lose part of their memory back to a certain date or time period. What is it called?

3. The main character's symptoms are:

4. What is the cause of the main character's inability to use one of her body parts?

5. At what stage of Sacks' career does he encounter the main character of Chapter Four?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. Why does Sacks think that phantom limb syndrome might be importantly beneficial to a patient who has lost a limb?

5. Who are the two main character's in this chapter? What is their affliction called and what does it generally consist in?

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

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

8. What is Witty Ticcy Ray's disorder? How does it hurt him? How does it benefit him?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does Korsakov's disease destroy William's personality? Does he have a real personality at all? In what sense? Do you think there is a real William inside that the Korsakov's prevents from manifesting? Or do you think that the disease has destroyed him, personality and all?

Essay Topic 2

Research the neurological phenomenon that leads the man in Chapter Four to believe that his leg was not his own. What causes this neurological defect? And why can't the man recognize the leg is his own even when Dr. Sacks assures him of it? What should be done for the man? Should his leg be removed?

Essay Topic 3

Please describe some recent research on idiot savants like John and Michael. What are some standard abilities of idiot savants? Do we have any better idea of what could cause their condition than we did when this book was written?

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