Pretending to Be Normal: Living with Asperger's Syndrome Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Liane Holliday Willey
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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. Liane was surprised that her friends could deal with her. In particular, her friend _____ acted as a kind of protector for her.

2. The book refers to Autism as being a ______ diagnosis, with a great deal of variation.

3. Some individuals with Asperger's syndrome are thought to be ________ or have odd habits or mannerisms.

4. Liane stated that one of her biggest job issues was in dealing with all the people and relationships which caused her a great deal of ______.

5. Liane didn't realize that Asperger's syndrome was behind her difficulties in college and she was often ______ for class.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does it mean that Asperger's Syndrome is on the spectrum of Autistic Disorders?

2. What social challenges did Liane describe about meeting people and wanting to give them small gifts of appreciation?

3. Why is it important to Liane Willey that people working with AS clients not focus too hard on melding them back into society?

4. What are some of the things that Liane learned about herself when she was performing her speeches on stage?

5. Liane eventually found some success in expressing herself through the speech and dramatic arts club. What did she enjoy about speech?

6. Although Liane struggled with reading comprehension she still found solace in the act of looking at words. Why?

7. When Liane was in her first year of school, she was asked by her teacher to take a nap on her mat, but Liane refused. Why did she refuse?

8. What were some of the challenges that Liane encountered in the ballet class that her mother enrolled her in?

9. What are some of the major traits or characteristics of people who have Asperger's Syndrome?

10. What were some of the things that Liane liked about the ditto sheets that she would rummage through the trash to find?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Liane stated that it was difficult to accept the fact that she would be unable to navigate the world purely on her academic skills.

Part 1: Why is it important to develop several different skill areas to navigate life?

Part 2: Why do you think that Liane felt she should be able to get by on her academics alone?

Part 3: How do you imagine Tom navigates the world?

Essay Topic 2

Liane states that she likes the linear, straight, definite, and balanced aspects of Tom's face.

Part 1: What parts of Liane do you think Tom loves or admires?

Part 2: What physical aspects of your loved ones do you notice the most?

Part 3: Is the fact that Liane appreciates the symmetry of Tom's face any less valid than appreciating another quality like warmth? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Liane remarks that she could have done better in high school if there were more rules about what she was supposed to do.

Part 1: What are the unspoken rules for being in high school? These kinds of rules can be thought of as taboo. How do you teach someone about taboo?

Part 2: If there had been an actual set of rules, could Liane have memorized them all? Would this have impacted her experience? Why or why not?

Part 3: Imagine that you were sent to another planet as an ambassador for Earth. How would you learn the rules of that culture? What might some of your challenges be?

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