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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. When did Sacks write the preface to the book?
(a) 1982.
(b) 1954.
(c) 1983.
(d) 1991.

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

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

6. What emotion did Sacks see several times on the unguarded face of the physiotherapist?
(a) Pain.
(b) Revulsion.
(c) Disgust.
(d) Sadness.

7. What book does Sacks plan to write in the future?
(a) A book about his long-term recovery.
(b) A book about how this accident affected his personal relationships in the long run.
(c) A book about patients who experienced the same body-ego alienation that he did.
(d) A book about how this accident affected his medical practice.

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

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

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

11. 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) Looked at the leg as though he did not recognize it.
(c) Examined the injured leg as though he were explaining it to a class.
(d) Gave himself a pep talk in an attempt to begin moving.

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

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

14. What was the main injury that Sacks was able to identify?
(a) An artery was torn.
(b) His femur was broken.
(c) The leg was becoming horribly discolored.
(d) The quadriceps was paralyzed.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What analogy does Sacks refer to as he draws the relationship between science and art?

2. Why did the staff nurse laugh at Sacks when he arrived in his room?

3. To what did Sacks's various thoughts and themes eventually lead in the end?

4. What time of day did Sacks awake from his feverish delirium?

5. What time did Sacks hope to reach the mountain's summit?

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