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

3. What was Luria's response to Sacks's story?
(a) Such effects are widely studied in the medical field.
(b) Such effects rarely ever occur.
(c) Such effects often happen but the stories are not told.
(d) Fascinating but not completely useful to modern doctors.

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

5. What time did Sacks hope to reach the mountain's summit?
(a) Two o'clock PM.
(b) Eleven o'clock AM.
(c) Nine o'clock AM.
(d) Noon.

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

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

8. What was the date when Sacks climbed the mountain?
(a) The 24th.
(b) The 7th.
(c) The 18th.
(d) The 23rd.

9. When Sacks began to write to Luria, where did Luria live?
(a) Moscow.
(b) Berlin.
(c) Oslo.
(d) Madrid.

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

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

12. In order to escape being caught on the mountain all night, what was the latest possible time Sacks could reach help?
(a) Ten o'clock PM.
(b) Eight o'clock PM.
(c) Six o'clock PM.
(d) Nine o'clock PM.

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

14. 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) Looked at the leg as though he did not recognize it.
(c) Gave himself a pep talk in an attempt to begin moving.
(d) Lay down and tried to think what he should do.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Shortly after the sun set, what extraordinary auditory experience did Sacks have?

4. What was Sacks doing when he was finally able to piece together his thoughts?

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

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