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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. Sacks pointed out that a woman's hair turned __________ on one side, the side where she would have her headaches.

2. Some people ascribe to the idea that a migraine may just be a/an ___________ reaction to the rest of the world.

3. What did the man begin to use when he realized that sneezing might be able to relieve his migraine pain?

4. Sacks believes that a single _________ or series of them might actually drive the entire migraine episode.

5. The central symptoms of a migraine are described as disorders of ________ in this book.

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the five categories of aural symptoms, according to Sacks in this book?

2. What happens with the aura during a classic migraine, according to the findings of Sacks?

3. What does Sacks say is uniquely human about the experience of migraines in humans, though he does not dispute that animals can have migraines too?

4. What problems do some researchers and physicians believe can happen as the result of migraines that a patient might experience?

5. What does Sacks have to say about the connection between family members who experience migraines?

6. What is something that Sacks has never seen, but he has heard of in relation to the aura before a migraine?

7. How does Sacks propose the genetic link of migraines be tested in order to assure that environmental conditions are not the cause?

8. What can often be a secondary factor to the migraine pain, according to the author of this book?

9. What does Sacks say there is a tendency to do with migraines which might cause problems in their study and experience?

10. What is the German physician's experience with migraines, according to the beginning of the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Migraines are conditions that can impact a person for their entire life, without a cure in many cases.

Part 1: Why do you think that migraines impact a person's life so much?

Part 2: Do you think you could manage a condition that has no cure?

Part 3: How do you think a person changes when they have so much pain in their life?

Essay Topic 2

Case histories are used to illustrate the concept of a migraine.

Part 1: Why are case histories important in medical treatment of disorders?

Part 2: Is there a case history in the book that doesn't seem to help the discussion of migraines? Why not?

Part 3: How do you think case histories might be harmful to the discussion of a condition?

Essay Topic 3

Some believe that people with a certain 'delicacy or grace' are more prone to suffer from migraines.

Part 1: Does it seem fair to say that certain personalities might have more migraines?

Part 2: How do you think a person's personality might impact the way they are affected by pain?

Part 3: Why do you think migraines seem to affect sensitive people more?

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