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  • Signpost: Contrast and Contradiction
  • "Throughout that summer, whenever Temple started to feel nervous, she would go to the cattle chute and ask her aunt to close its wooden sides around her to help her relax"(64).
  • Signpost: Quoted Words
  • "I see the world and awful lot like a cow"(60)
  • Mindset: Growth
  • "Ridding of her fixation, the psychologist reasoned, would make her more "normal". But Mr. Carlock had a different view. Rather than trying to discourage her special interests, the science teacher used her fixation as a motivator"(70).
  • When most people are nervous or anxious they take deep breaths or go talk to someone, but Temple had a different way to calm herself down. She would go into the cattle chute. This is important because it shows how her mind worked differently from others. It also started Temple's famous career. 
  • Word Gap: Index Medicus
  • Index of Medicus
  • This is added to show from Temple's view what it's like to have autism. This is important because Temple's similarities to cows started her career.
  • Summery: 5-7 word gist
  • Temple's science teacher embraces challenges. The psychologist wanted Temple to stop caring so much about science and just give up on it, but her science teacher embraced the challenge and thought she should use her passion to do great things in the world. If Temple had not had someone to tell her to keep learning, she would not have changed the world.
  • Book Club Question:
  • Definition: a bibliographic index of such articles in the form of a print index Technical Term: no
  • "Temple read over journals like Psychological Abstracts and Index Medicus to find the latest scientific papers on her subject"(85).
  • Temple faced many problems with her research.
  • Why would the squeeze machine be calming for some people, but stressful for others? How will Temple deal with the workers at the farm?
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