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 the consequence scientists pay when they ignore the a patient's high cognitive function?

2. What was the main character's old line of work that helped in compensating for the main character's disorder?

3. Sacks thinks of his patients as:

4. To what extent is Jimmie G's intelligence impaired?

5. Where does Sacks work at the time of this chapter?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. What is Mrs. B's condition? How does it affect her? Is she bothered by it?

5. How does Mr. MacGregor work to compensate for his disorder?

6. How is Mrs. S treated? What is a treatment that she despises?

7. Who is the main character in this chapter? What is his affliction? How does it affect him?

8. To what extent can William escape his affliction? Which activities allow him to escape it?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper concerning how unusual mental conditions can lead to works of creativity. Mr. MacGregor's tilt led him to help Dr. Sacks create a pair of glasses with a pendulum that could help him and those like him navigate their world. Jose is able to paint beautiful art. Select a case from outside of the book. Using a famous person is fine. Make sure to illustrate the connection between a mental disorder and a creative accomplishment.

Essay Topic 3

Sacks often tries to argue that science leaves out important facets of his patients' lives. Please select two examples from the book where Sacks does this and then use the examples to discuss what you think the limits of science are in explaining the human experience, using the two cases you selected as illustration. The paper must be four pages, double spaced.

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