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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Sacks climbed a particular stretch of ground in just over an hour. How long did it take him to descend this same stretch?
(a) Nearly seven hours.
(b) Half an hour.
(c) Three hours.
(d) Two hours.

5. Where did Sacks finish writing his book?
(a) In a village in Norway.
(b) On a mountain in Costa Rica.
(c) On a mountain in Nicaragua.
(d) In a meadow in New Yor.

6. What was the name of the surgeon who performed Sacks's knee surgery?
(a) Swan.
(b) Sleeks.
(c) Goose.
(d) Sparrow.

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

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

9. What is the essential idea of Thomas Mann's quote?
(a) The mountain is hostile.
(b) Man can be stronger than the mountain.
(c) The mountain begrudges any human infiltration.
(d) The mountain is impersonal.

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

11. What was the primary reason that Sacks decided not to yell a second time?
(a) He needed to conserve his strength.
(b) He was too thirsty to yell very loudly.
(c) He was about ten miles away from the village.
(d) He was afraid of angering the bull.

12. What would make the state of limbo tolerable?
(a) The concern of a fellow person in limbo.
(b) The knowledge of an end to this state.
(c) The ability to examine one's own thoughts.
(d) The ability to communicate with others.

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

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

15. What word does Luria use to describe the modern approach to peripheral disorders?
(a) Uninformed.
(b) Ill-advised.
(c) Empathetic.
(d) Veterinary.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the primary reason that Sacks and his friends celebrated the evening after his surgery?

2. When did Sacks write the preface to the book?

3. What would happen if Sacks were not found by nightfall?

4. How did Sacks splint his leg?

5. What did Sacks find astonishing about his wound?

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