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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did Sacks descend the mountain?
(a) By crawling.
(b) By "rowing" with his arms.
(c) By rolling and sliding.
(d) By hobbling on his right leg.

2. 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 approaching the gallows.
(d) That he was finally reaching a place of hope.

3. How long did it take Sacks to reach the final understanding of his various thoughts?
(a) Several years.
(b) Half a year.
(c) Nearly a decade.
(d) One year.

4. While waiting for villagers to arrive and take him to the hospital, how did Sacks feel?
(a) Thrilled to be alive.
(b) Comfortable and happy.
(c) Worried about the doctor's prognosis.
(d) Anxious.

5. After realizing that he was the victim of the fall, what did Sacks do?
(a) Examined the injured leg as though he were explaining it to a class.
(b) Lay down and tried to think what he should do.
(c) Gave himself a pep talk in an attempt to begin moving.
(d) Looked at the leg as though he did not recognize it.

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

7. What name did Sacks give his windowless hospital room?
(a) The Monad.
(b) Little Ease.
(c) The Tower.
(d) Big Ease.

8. What analogy does Sacks use to describe his left leg's failure during therapy?
(a) A flat pasture with lazy cows.
(b) A car with an empty gas tank.
(c) A cliff with an impossibly smooth face.
(d) A city with deserted streets.

9. Sacks climbed a particular stretch of ground in just over an hour. How long did it take him to descend this same stretch?
(a) Two hours.
(b) Half an hour.
(c) Three hours.
(d) Nearly seven hours.

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

11. The night after his surgery, what was the first of Sacks's nightmares?
(a) He was running from the bull but could not move anywhere.
(b) His injured leg was made of marble and he could not lift it.
(c) He was being trampled by a fish with hooves.
(d) He was again on the Mountain and his leg had lost all its nerves.

12. Who came up with the phrase "quickening art" which described Sacks's use of music to move down the mountain?
(a) Pavlov.
(b) Kant.
(c) Nietzsche.
(d) Harvey.

13. What was the primary reason that Sacks decided not to yell a second time?
(a) He was about ten miles away from the village.
(b) He needed to conserve his strength.
(c) He was afraid of angering the bull.
(d) He was too thirsty to yell very loudly.

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

15. In what publication did Sacks's first article about his injury appear?
(a) New York Times Book Review.
(b) Atlantic Monthly.
(c) New York Times.
(d) London Review of Books.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was Sacks so happy that he could do fifty chin-ups?

2. What was the primary reason that Sacks and his friends celebrated the evening after his surgery?

3. What book does Sacks plan to write in the future?

4. In order to escape being caught on the mountain all night, what was the latest possible time Sacks could reach help?

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

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