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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How long had Sacks been traveling when he came to the swollen stream?
(a) He did not know.
(b) Four hours.
(c) Half an hour.
(d) Two hours.

2. When the father and his son rescued Sacks, what had they been doing just a moment before?
(a) Sleeping.
(b) Hunting reindeer.
(c) Listening to the mass wafting up from the church.
(d) Searching for him.

3. How does Sacks describe the six-hour ambulance ride to the next hospital?
(a) Like death.
(b) Like resurrection.
(c) Like the embodiment of hope.
(d) Like a dream.

4. Why did the staff nurse laugh at Sacks when he arrived in his room?
(a) Because he had difficulty walking.
(b) Because he was joking about his cast.
(c) Because he had packed fifty books and almost no clothes.
(d) Because he told her a bawdy joke.

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

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

7. What instrument did Sacks have for listening to music?
(a) An MP3 player.
(b) A record player.
(c) A clarinet.
(d) A small radio.

8. 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 property should be auctioned off.
(c) His valuable property should be donated to charity.
(d) His property should be divided fairly among his family.

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

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

11. What would happen if Sacks were not found by nightfall?
(a) The bull would trample him to death.
(b) He would most likely go crazy.
(c) He would freeze to death.
(d) He would die of blood loss.

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

13. What question did Sacks want to ask the surgeon before surgery?
(a) Whether he could have a general anesthesia.
(b) Whether he could drink a little water first.
(c) Whether he could have someone photograph the surgery.
(d) Whether he could have a spinal anesthesia.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The night after his surgery, what was the first of Sacks's nightmares?

2. What did not occur to Sacks until he injured his leg?

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

4. How did Sacks meet the bull?

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

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