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 was the main character's previous occupation?

2. What is the main character's affliction?

3. What feature of humans does Sacks wonder if Jimmie lacks?

4. The main character's name is

5. What is the technical term of Jimmie G.'s disorder?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the main character's affliction? What crime is he on trial for? What is the outcome of the trial?

2. What is the main character's disorder? How does it compare to Witty Ticcy Ray's? How does she handle it on the street?

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. What is phantom limb syndrome? What are its disadvantages?

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

9. What is the twins' unique ability? In what venues do they use it? Does it give them intelligence in other areas?

10. What does the main character believe is wrong?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does Korsakov's disease destroy William's personality? Does he have a real personality at all? In what sense? Do you think there is a real William inside that the Korsakov's prevents from manifesting? Or do you think that the disease has destroyed him, personality and all?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Research the neurological phenomenon that leads the man in Chapter Four to believe that his leg was not his own. What causes this neurological defect? And why can't the man recognize the leg is his own even when Dr. Sacks assures him of it? What should be done for the man? Should his leg be removed?

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