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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. Who is the main character of the chapter?

2. The main character of this chapter has which disorder?

3. What is his problem with body?

4. Who is the main character of this chapter?

5. What year does Sacks think Jimmie G's memory should have stopped?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What central feature of all humans is Sacks worried that Jimmie lacks? Why is Sacks so worried? And what alleviates his worry?

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

5. What is the change in the main character's demeanor in the chapter and why?

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

7. How does Sacks see the relationship between memory and life? How does Sacks see the connection in Jimmie G.?

8. How is Madeline's problem fixed? What was the cause of her disorder in the first place?

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

10. What is the overall theme of the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter Two, Sacks wonders whether Jimmie G. has a soul because he has no ability to lay down new memories. Is Sacks right to worry? What is it to have a soul and how it is connected to our memories? If we lose the ability to lay down our memories, do we lose our souls?

Essay Topic 2

What is retrograde amnesia? What causes it? To what extent can it be cured? How does it often disappear and why?

Essay Topic 3

Write a research paper on Mr. P's disorder. Explain the neurological causes and subsequent effects of the disease. Discuss at least one case study and assess the prospects for recovery.

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