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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 does Sacks call his chapters?
2. What was the main character's previous occupation?
3. Who is the main character in this chapter?
4. The main character's affliction causes her to feel how?
5. Sacks thinks of his patients as:
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Sacks's attitude towards his patients?
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 is the main character's affliction? What crime is he on trial for? What is the outcome of the trial?
4. What is the cause of Christina's condition? Do scientists think it is a plausible cause?
5. Who is the main character in this chapter? What is his affliction? How does it affect him?
6. What does the main character believe is wrong?
7. 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?
8. How does Dr. Sacks approach the main character?
9. 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?
10. How does Sacks answer the following questions? Is there a place in society for people like Jose? Does Jose have a functional role in society? Or is he too disabled to function?
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
Explain Christina's condition. Then speculate on how you believe she withstood the psychological pressure to give up on her life. How would you have reacted in a similar situation?
Essay Topic 3
What is retrograde amnesia? What causes it? To what extent can it be cured? How does it often disappear and why?
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