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. The main character does not like his treatment. How does he/she cope?

2. Dr. P cannot recognize what?

3. Why doesn't the introduction of a video system work?

4. The main character suffers a stroke and this affects which side of his/her brain?

5. After Dr. Sacks and Mr. P part ways, how much longer does Mr. P teach music?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the main character believe is wrong?

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

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

4. How does Dr. Sacks approach the main character?

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

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

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

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

9. What is Miguel's affliction? How does it affect him? How is it treated? And are its effects good or bad?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Bhagawhandi's tumor affect her visions? To what extent is Bhagawhandi justified in believing that her visions are helping her 'journey home', as she puts it? Is it better to embrace the illusion? Or should she try to fight them? What would you do in her position and why?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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