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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) Less than four hours.
(b) Half an hour.
(c) Less than two hours.
(d) Nearly six hours.

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

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

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

5. What book of the Bible does Sacks quote at the beginning of Chapter Three?
(a) Job.
(b) Psalms.
(c) Ecclesiastes.
(d) Proverbs.

6. What is the essential idea of Thomas Mann's quote?
(a) The mountain is impersonal.
(b) The mountain begrudges any human infiltration.
(c) Man can be stronger than the mountain.
(d) The mountain is hostile.

7. What vital support did the surgeon take away when he dismissed Sacks's concerns?
(a) A listening ear.
(b) Professional support.
(c) Human support.
(d) Empathy.

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

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

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

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

12. What was the occasion for this book?
(a) Reading a book about an unusual patient.
(b) The study of an unusual patient.
(c) An accident with expected effects.
(d) An accident with peculiar effects.

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

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

15. What question did Sacks want to ask the surgeon before surgery?
(a) Whether he could have a spinal anesthesia.
(b) Whether he could drink a little water first.
(c) Whether he could have someone photograph the surgery.
(d) Whether he could have a general anesthesia.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Sacks find astonishing about his wound?

2. Following the surgery, how did Sacks's cast fit his leg?

3. 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?

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

5. What instrument did Sacks have for listening to music?

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