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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did Sacks descend the mountain?
(a) By hobbling on his right leg.
(b) By "rowing" with his arms.
(c) By crawling.
(d) By rolling and sliding.

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

3. To what poor instrument did Sacks compare his injured leg?
(a) The broken saxophone he had kept since childhood.
(b) The dented clarinet he had as a child.
(c) The smashed violin he had as a child.
(d) The cracked cello in his living room.

4. What was Sacks doing when he was finally able to piece together his thoughts?
(a) Driving from Washington, D.C. to Boston.
(b) Riding a train from Philadelphia to New York.
(c) Riding a train from Boston to New York.
(d) Riding in a car from Annapolis to New York.

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

6. 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 deeper than the first.
(b) This dread was less human and more animalistic.
(c) This dread was distorted and nameless.
(d) This dread was fear of man rather than fear of natural consequences.

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

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

9. How long did Sacks think about his injury before he began writing about it?
(a) Four years.
(b) Eight years.
(c) Ten years.
(d) Six years.

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

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

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

13. In what publication did Sacks's first article about his injury appear?
(a) Atlantic Monthly.
(b) New York Times Book Review.
(c) New York Times.
(d) London Review of Books.

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

15. When Nurse Solveig returned to take out Sacks's thermometer, what emotion did she convey?
(a) Rage.
(b) Disinterest.
(c) Pity.
(d) Concern.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was Sacks grateful to Dr. Henry Fleck?

2. What does Sacks think of when he remembers the Biblical words, "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time or die; a time . . ." (pg 26)?

3. What did Sacks think when he woke from the surgery?

4. Why did Sacks dedicate his book to Luria?

5. What does the word scotoma mean?

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