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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) He was again on the Mountain and his leg had lost all its nerves.
(c) He was being trampled by a fish with hooves.
(d) His injured leg was made of marble and he could not lift it.

2. As Sacks notes at the beginning of the Acknowledgments, what has he done since his injury?
(a) Strengthened his legs so he could hike again.
(b) Interviewed hundreds of similar patients.
(c) Investigated current neuropsychological practice.
(d) Written two other books about medical phenomena.

3. Who has written about the "occasions of poetry" (pg 9)?
(a) T. S. Eliot.
(b) Admiral Nelson.
(c) Thomas Gunn.
(d) William Shakespeare.

4. Who inspired and encouraged Sacks to finish his book?
(a) His editors.
(b) His wife.
(c) His son.
(d) His best friend.

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

6. What was Sacks doing when he was finally able to piece together his thoughts?
(a) Driving from Washington, D.C. to Boston.
(b) Riding a train from Boston to New York.
(c) Riding in a car from Annapolis to New York.
(d) Riding a train from Philadelphia to New York.

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

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

9. Essentially, why could Sacks not tense up the quadriceps?
(a) His brain could not communicate with either leg.
(b) The muscle was completely wasted away.
(c) His tendon had not been fully reconnected.
(d) He had forgotten how.

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

11. Why did Sacks dedicate his book to Luria?
(a) Because Luria's book deeply changed his view of neurological illnesses.
(b) Because Luria was a mentor during medical school.
(c) Because Luria pioneered a deeper, revolutionary medicine.
(d) Because Luria led him out of the darkness.

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

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

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

15. 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) Sacks had not died on the operating table.
(c) They were drunk and did not care what they celebrated.
(d) They were alive and together.

Short Answer Questions

1. What would make the state of limbo tolerable?

2. What was the first exercise that Sacks tried to do with the physiotherapist?

3. What book does Sacks model his own book after?

4. What was the public reaction to Sacks's first article about his leg?

5. While waiting for villagers to arrive and take him to the hospital, how did Sacks feel?

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