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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the word scotoma mean?
(a) The depression following surgery.
(b) Emptiness and images of emptiness.
(c) Darkness of soul.
(d) Being utterly alone in the world.

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

3. Essentially, why could Sacks not tense up the quadriceps?
(a) The muscle was completely wasted away.
(b) His tendon had not been fully reconnected.
(c) He had forgotten how.
(d) His brain could not communicate with either leg.

4. 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.

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

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

7. After he fell, what story did Sacks recall the villagers telling him?
(a) A Pole had been gored by the bull and bled to death.
(b) An Englishman had died on the mountain two weeks earlier.
(c) An Englishman had broken both legs on the mountain earlier, though he survived.
(d) A Scotsman had died on exposure on the mountain exactly one year previously.

8. What was the primary reason that Sacks and his friends celebrated the evening after his surgery?
(a) Sacks had not died on the operating table.
(b) They were alive and together.
(c) They were drunk and did not care what they celebrated.
(d) Sacks' recovery was expected to take two short months.

9. What name did Sacks give his windowless hospital room?
(a) Big Ease.
(b) The Tower.
(c) Little Ease.
(d) The Monad.

10. After realizing that he was the victim of the fall, what did Sacks do?
(a) Looked at the leg as though he did not recognize it.
(b) Examined the injured leg as though he were explaining it to a class.
(c) Lay down and tried to think what he should do.
(d) Gave himself a pep talk in an attempt to begin moving.

11. While waiting for villagers to arrive and take him to the hospital, how did Sacks feel?
(a) Worried about the doctor's prognosis.
(b) Thrilled to be alive.
(c) Comfortable and happy.
(d) Anxious.

12. Shortly after the sun set, what extraordinary auditory experience did Sacks have?
(a) He could hear every living creature in the area.
(b) He could no longer hear himself.
(c) He could hear the movement of the plants around him.
(d) He could not hear anything outside himself.

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

14. What word does Sacks use most to describe the bull?
(a) Vicious.
(b) Hideous.
(c) Angry.
(d) Strong.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In what publication did Sacks's first article about his injury appear?

2. When was Studies in Neurology published?

3. What was the public reaction to Sacks's first article about his leg?

4. What book does Sacks model his own book after?

5. According to Sacks, why does he not end his story after his rescue?

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