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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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)?
(a) The waste of good health and energy.
(b) His wife's untimely death.
(c) His patients who were prepared for death.
(d) The futility of life.

3. What did Sacks think about as he moved down the mountain?
(a) His father's vegetable garden.
(b) The most heart-wrenching moments of his life.
(c) What little time he had left to live.
(d) Happy memories and times.

4. Why did Sacks write to A. R. Luria?
(a) He wanted reassurance about writing his book.
(b) Luria was the leading neuropsychologist in the United States.
(c) He was not getting satisfactory answers from his own doctor.
(d) Luria was a close family friend.

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

6. What book does Sacks model his own book after?
(a) The Man with the Shattered Arm.
(b) The Man in the Shattered Hope.
(c) The Man with the Shattered World.
(d) The Woman with the Shattered Dreams.

7. 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) Gave himself a pep talk in an attempt to begin moving.
(c) Examined the injured leg as though he were explaining it to a class.
(d) Lay down and tried to think what he should do.

8. What would make the state of limbo tolerable?
(a) The knowledge of an end to this state.
(b) The ability to communicate with others.
(c) The ability to examine one's own thoughts.
(d) The concern of a fellow person in limbo.

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

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

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

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

13. Why was Sacks grateful to Dr. Henry Fleck?
(a) The doctor's book was influential in Sacks' understanding of himself.
(b) The doctor provided valuable support during therapy.
(c) The doctor first explained Sacks' body-ego alienation.
(d) The doctor performed electrical studies on Sack's damaged leg.

14. Since his accident, what has Sacks been aware of?
(a) The wonder and horror which lie just behind life.
(b) The wonder and horror which are an everyday part of life.
(c) The shallowness of everyday life.
(d) The shallowness of human experience.

15. What time did Sacks hope to reach the mountain's summit?
(a) Two o'clock PM.
(b) Noon.
(c) Nine o'clock AM.
(d) Eleven o'clock AM.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Sacks find astonishing about his wound?

2. What does the word scotoma mean?

3. What other word is connoted by the word "hell"?

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

5. Who wrote the book which was the model for Sacks's own book?

(see the answer keys)

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