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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What did Sacks find astonishing about his wound?
(a) The pain he felt during his whole recovery.
(b) The long recovery time.
(c) The inability of his doctors to understand him.
(d) The complexity of effects he experienced during recovery.

4. What town's hospital was Sacks taken to first?
(a) Bergen's.
(b) Odda's.
(c) Oslo's.
(d) London's.

5. How long did it take Sacks to reach the final understanding of his various thoughts?
(a) Half a year.
(b) Several years.
(c) Nearly a decade.
(d) One year.

6. The night after his surgery, what was the first of Sacks's nightmares?
(a) He was again on the Mountain and his leg had lost all its nerves.
(b) He was being trampled by a fish with hooves.
(c) He was running from the bull but could not move anywhere.
(d) His injured leg was made of marble and he could not lift it.

7. 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) Lay down and tried to think what he should do.
(c) Gave himself a pep talk in an attempt to begin moving.
(d) Looked at the leg as though he did not recognize it.

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

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

10. When did Sacks begin writing to Luria?
(a) 1983.
(b) 1973.
(c) 1955.
(d) 1977.

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

12. 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 covered with a layer of steel.
(c) The leg was made of bricks and mortar.
(d) The leg was made of cloud vapor.

13. How has Sacks written the book A Leg to Stand On?
(a) As an expose.
(b) As a novel or short story.
(c) As an autobiography.
(d) As a prose poem.

14. How is the material in the last chapter presented?
(a) Systematically.
(b) Concisely.
(c) Randomly.
(d) Poetically.

15. According to Sacks, why does he not end his story after his rescue?
(a) The focus of the book is the recovery, not the accident.
(b) The book was not long enough to stop.
(c) The accident is closely connected to the story of recovery.
(d) He had so many ideas left to convey.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Nurse Solveig returned to take out Sacks's thermometer, what emotion did she convey?

2. Where did Sacks's accident occur?

3. Shortly after the sun set, what extraordinary auditory experience did Sacks have?

4. Essentially, why could Sacks not tense up the quadriceps?

5. In order to escape being caught on the mountain all night, what was the latest possible time Sacks could reach help?

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