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. Who is the neuroscientist Sacks receives advice from in Chapter 1?

2. What does Sacks call his chapters?

3. What is the first man worried about?

4. What percentage of individuals in the old folks home where the main character lives end up using his/her solution to his/her disorder?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Christina cope with her condition?

4. 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?

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

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

7. Who is the main character in this chapter? What is his affliction? What does he maintain despite his affliction?

8. How do people react to the main character on the street? What does she do to avoid their reaction?

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

10. What is Sacks's attitude towards his patients?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Madeline's family seems to have prevented her from coming to believe that she could use her hands. How could a family make such an error? Do you think it was deliberate on their part? If it was deliberate, why would they do it? If it wasn't deliberate, why did they make such a mistake? Try to analyze potential family dynamics that could lead to Madeline's false belief about her hands.

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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