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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the name of the surgeon who performed Sacks's knee surgery?
(a) Sparrow.
(b) Sleeks.
(c) Goose.
(d) Swan.

2. What word does Sacks use most to describe the bull?
(a) Strong.
(b) Hideous.
(c) Angry.
(d) Vicious.

3. What book of the Bible does Sacks quote at the beginning of Chapter Three?
(a) Ecclesiastes.
(b) Psalms.
(c) Job.
(d) Proverbs.

4. What did Sacks think when he woke from the surgery?
(a) That he had been asleep only a few minutes.
(b) That he had been asleep for nearly a day.
(c) That he was tired and wanted to sleep.
(d) That he had been asleep for seven hours.

5. What time of day did Sacks awake from his feverish delirium?
(a) Early morning.
(b) Near midnight.
(c) Late afternoon.
(d) Evening.

6. What was the first exercise that Sacks tried to do with the physiotherapist?
(a) Bend his knee.
(b) Lift his leg.
(c) Tense up his quadriceps.
(d) Swing his leg to the left.

7. Where did Sacks's accident occur?
(a) In the Swiss Alps.
(b) In the hills of Germany.
(c) On a mountain in Norway.
(d) On a mountain in Finland.

8. What book does Sacks model his own book after?
(a) The Woman with the Shattered Dreams.
(b) The Man with the Shattered World.
(c) The Man with the Shattered Arm.
(d) The Man in the Shattered Hope.

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

10. What did Sacks find astonishing about his wound?
(a) The long recovery time.
(b) The inability of his doctors to understand him.
(c) The pain he felt during his whole recovery.
(d) The complexity of effects he experienced during recovery.

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

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

13. To what did Sacks's various thoughts and themes eventually lead in the end?
(a) A deeper understanding of the patient-doctor relationship.
(b) A reaffirmation of modern neurological medicin.
(c) A critique of modern neurological medicine.
(d) A personal, religious faith.

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

15. 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) His patients who were prepared for death.
(b) The waste of good health and energy.
(c) The futility of life.
(d) His wife's untimely death.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Nurse Solveig returned to take out Sacks's thermometer, what emotion did she convey?

2. What did Sacks feel as he was being admitted to the hospital?

3. What would make the state of limbo tolerable?

4. How does Sacks describe the six-hour ambulance ride to the next hospital?

5. What would happen if Sacks were not found by nightfall?

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