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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was Luria's response to Sacks's story?
(a) Fascinating but not completely useful to modern doctors.
(b) Such effects rarely ever occur.
(c) Such effects often happen but the stories are not told.
(d) Such effects are widely studied in the medical field.

2. What did not occur to Sacks until he injured his leg?
(a) That he had forgotten to take extra water.
(b) How far he had climbed up the mountain before falling.
(c) That the bull might be following him.
(d) How utterly alone he was.

3. What did Sacks feel as he was being admitted to the hospital?
(a) That he was reaching the purity of non-being.
(b) That he was losing his humanity and individuality.
(c) That he was finally reaching a place of hope.
(d) That he was approaching the gallows.

4. Why did Sacks have strong legs?
(a) He ran marathons.
(b) He swam regularly.
(c) He was a veteran hiker.
(d) He had worked out at the gym for many years.

5. What language was the sign "BEWARE OF THE BULL!" written in?
(a) Norwegian.
(b) English.
(c) German.
(d) French.

6. When did Sacks begin writing to Luria?
(a) 1977.
(b) 1955.
(c) 1983.
(d) 1973.

7. Why did the staff nurse laugh at Sacks when he arrived in his room?
(a) Because he was joking about his cast.
(b) Because he had packed fifty books and almost no clothes.
(c) Because he told her a bawdy joke.
(d) Because he had difficulty walking.

8. What other word is connoted by the word "hell"?
(a) Hellish.
(b) Hole.
(c) Help.
(d) Helplessness.

9. What does Sacks think of when he remembers the Biblical words, "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time or die; a time . . ." (pg 26)?
(a) The futility of life.
(b) His wife's untimely death.
(c) The waste of good health and energy.
(d) His patients who were prepared for death.

10. When Nurse Solveig returned to take out Sacks's thermometer, what emotion did she convey?
(a) Disinterest.
(b) Concern.
(c) Rage.
(d) Pity.

11. When was Studies in Neurology published?
(a) 1920.
(b) 1910.
(c) 1940.
(d) 1930.

12. What question did Sacks want to ask the surgeon before surgery?
(a) Whether he could have someone photograph the surgery.
(b) Whether he could drink a little water first.
(c) Whether he could have a general anesthesia.
(d) Whether he could have a spinal anesthesia.

13. What was the occasion for this book?
(a) An accident with peculiar effects.
(b) The study of an unusual patient.
(c) An accident with expected effects.
(d) Reading a book about an unusual patient.

14. When did Sacks write the preface to the book?
(a) 1954.
(b) 1991.
(c) 1982.
(d) 1983.

15. How old was Sacks when he discovered the beauty of the world through the Pythagorean theorem?
(a) Five.
(b) Twenty-one.
(c) Eight.
(d) Twelve.

Short Answer Questions

1. When the father and his son rescued Sacks, what had they been doing just a moment before?

2. What was the main injury that Sacks was able to identify?

3. Why did Sacks write to A. R. Luria?

4. What time did Sacks hope to reach the mountain's summit?

5. What analogy does Sacks refer to as he draws the relationship between science and art?

(see the answer keys)

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