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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 nursed him in the convalescent home.
(d) She served as the impetus for his philosophical musings about his injury.

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

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

6. What time of day did Sacks awake from his feverish delirium?
(a) Near midnight.
(b) Early morning.
(c) Late afternoon.
(d) Evening.

7. What is the title of Chapter One?
(a) The Bull.
(b) The Beginning.
(c) The Mountain.
(d) The Fall.

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

9. 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 afraid of angering the bull.
(d) He was about ten miles away from the village.

10. What did Sacks feel as he was being admitted to the hospital?
(a) That he was approaching the gallows.
(b) That he was losing his humanity and individuality.
(c) That he was reaching the purity of non-being.
(d) That he was finally reaching a place of hope.

11. 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.

12. 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.

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

14. Who wrote the book which was the model for Sacks's own book?
(a) Luria.
(b) Nietzsche.
(c) Hemingway.
(d) Conrad.

15. 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) His valuable property should be donated to charity.
(b) His property should be auctioned off.
(c) His property should be divided fairly among his family.
(d) They could publish anything from his notebooks that they saw fit.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What instrument did Sacks have for listening to music?

3. What was the occasion for this book?

4. Why did Sacks write to A. R. Luria?

5. What analogy does Sacks use to describe his left leg's failure during therapy?

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