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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When riding to the hospital where he would be operated on, Sacks felt dread. How was this different from the dread he had felt on the mountain?
(a) This dread was fear of man rather than fear of natural consequences.
(b) This dread was less human and more animalistic.
(c) This dread was distorted and nameless.
(d) This dread was deeper than the first.

2. 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 his long-term recovery.
(c) A book about patients who experienced the same body-ego alienation that he did.
(d) A book about how this accident affected his personal relationships in the long run.

3. What role did Mary-Kay Wilmers play in Sacks's recovery?
(a) She nursed him in the hospital after his surgery.
(b) She suggested and edited his article entitled "The Leg."
(c) She served as the impetus for his philosophical musings about his injury.
(d) She nursed him in the convalescent home.

4. How did Sacks splint his leg?
(a) With his right leg.
(b) With his walking stick.
(c) With a stick he found on the ground.
(d) With his umbrella.

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

6. How old was Sacks when he discovered the beauty of the world through the Pythagorean theorem?
(a) Eight.
(b) Twenty-one.
(c) Five.
(d) Twelve.

7. Why did Sacks have strong legs?
(a) He ran marathons.
(b) He swam regularly.
(c) He had worked out at the gym for many years.
(d) He was a veteran hiker.

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

9. According to the plane captain, what is the first lesson a patient must learn?
(a) Happiness.
(b) Peace.
(c) Patience.
(d) Hopefulness.

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

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

12. When was Studies in Neurology published?
(a) 1920.
(b) 1930.
(c) 1940.
(d) 1910.

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

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

15. What was the occasion for this book?
(a) An accident with expected effects.
(b) Reading a book about an unusual patient.
(c) An accident with peculiar effects.
(d) The study of an unusual patient.

Short Answer Questions

1. What vital support did the surgeon take away when he dismissed Sacks's concerns?

2. Who inspired and encouraged Sacks to finish his book?

3. What was the name of the surgeon who performed Sacks's knee surgery?

4. How long did it take Sacks to reach the final understanding of his various thoughts?

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

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