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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Sacks experience with the father and son, which he had not experienced all day?
(a) Fear.
(b) Inhibitions.
(c) Laughter.
(d) Anger.

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

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

4. What emotion did Sacks see several times on the unguarded face of the physiotherapist?
(a) Sadness.
(b) Disgust.
(c) Revulsion.
(d) Pain.

5. What book does Sacks plan to write in the future?
(a) A book about how this accident affected his medical practice.
(b) A book about patients who experienced the same body-ego alienation that he did.
(c) A book about his long-term recovery.
(d) A book about how this accident affected his personal relationships in the long run.

6. What was the name of the physiotherapist?
(a) Mrs. Preston.
(b) Miss Prestar.
(c) Miss Preston.
(d) Miss Blanche.

7. The night before the operation, Sacks called up his family and friends. What did he tell them could happen if he were to die during the operation?
(a) They could publish anything from his notebooks that they saw fit.
(b) His valuable property should be donated to charity.
(c) His property should be divided fairly among his family.
(d) His property should be auctioned off.

8. Since his accident, what has Sacks been aware of?
(a) The shallowness of human experience.
(b) The shallowness of everyday life.
(c) The wonder and horror which are an everyday part of life.
(d) The wonder and horror which lie just behind life.

9. What was the main injury that Sacks was able to identify?
(a) His femur was broken.
(b) The leg was becoming horribly discolored.
(c) The quadriceps was paralyzed.
(d) An artery was torn.

10. 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 a general anesthesia.
(d) Whether he could have someone photograph the surgery.

11. What town's hospital was Sacks taken to first?
(a) Oslo's.
(b) Bergen's.
(c) London's.
(d) Odda's.

12. 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) Two hours.
(c) Half an hour.
(d) Nearly seven hours.

13. 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) Gave himself a pep talk in an attempt to begin moving.
(c) Looked at the leg as though he did not recognize it.
(d) Examined the injured leg as though he were explaining it to a class.

14. What vital support did the surgeon take away when he dismissed Sacks's concerns?
(a) Human support.
(b) Professional support.
(c) A listening ear.
(d) Empathy.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. As Sacks notes at the beginning of the Acknowledgments, what has he done since his injury?

2. Why did Sacks dedicate his book to Luria?

3. Who has written about the "occasions of poetry" (pg 9)?

4. After a temporary cast was put on the leg, what dream did Sacks have?

5. What did Sacks think when he woke from the surgery?

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