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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the public reaction to Sacks's first article about his leg?
(a) He does not say.
(b) Indifference.
(c) Indignation.
(d) Confusion.

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

3. Following the surgery, how did Sacks's cast fit his leg?
(a) The leg was horribly swollen in the cast.
(b) He could put two fingers between his leg and the cas.
(c) He could put his entire fist between his leg and the cast.
(d) The leg fit nearly perfectly in the cast.

4. What is the essential idea of Thomas Mann's quote?
(a) Man can be stronger than the mountain.
(b) The mountain is impersonal.
(c) The mountain begrudges any human infiltration.
(d) The mountain is hostile.

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

6. What was the primary reason that Sacks and his friends celebrated the evening after his surgery?
(a) Sacks' recovery was expected to take two short months.
(b) They were alive and together.
(c) Sacks had not died on the operating table.
(d) They were drunk and did not care what they celebrated.

7. How has Sacks written the book A Leg to Stand On?
(a) As an expose.
(b) As an autobiography.
(c) As a prose poem.
(d) As a novel or short story.

8. What word does Luria use to describe the modern approach to peripheral disorders?
(a) Empathetic.
(b) Veterinary.
(c) Ill-advised.
(d) Uninformed.

9. How long did Sacks wait before villagers carried him to the hospital?
(a) Half an hour.
(b) Less than four hours.
(c) Nearly six hours.
(d) Less than two hours.

10. How does Sacks describe the six-hour ambulance ride to the next hospital?
(a) Like resurrection.
(b) Like death.
(c) Like a dream.
(d) Like the embodiment of hope.

11. Why did Sacks write to A. R. Luria?
(a) Luria was the leading neuropsychologist in the United States.
(b) He wanted reassurance about writing his book.
(c) Luria was a close family friend.
(d) He was not getting satisfactory answers from his own doctor.

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

13. After a temporary cast was put on the leg, what dream did Sacks have?
(a) The leg was made of cloud vapor.
(b) The leg was being squeezed in a vice.
(c) The leg was made of bricks and mortar.
(d) The leg was covered with a layer of steel.

14. What did Sacks hope to see when he reached the mountain's summit?
(a) The temple at the top.
(b) A good view of the city.
(c) A good view of the surrounding mountains.
(d) The bull that lived there.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the primary reason that Sacks decided not to yell a second time?

2. When Sacks began to write to Luria, where did Luria live?

3. Where did Sacks's accident occur?

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

5. What town's hospital was Sacks taken to first?

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