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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who came up with the phrase "quickening art" which described Sacks's use of music to move down the mountain?
(a) Harvey.
(b) Nietzsche.
(c) Kant.
(d) Pavlov.

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

3. Why did Sacks dedicate his book to Luria?
(a) Because Luria led him out of the darkness.
(b) Because Luria was a mentor during medical school.
(c) Because Luria pioneered a deeper, revolutionary medicine.
(d) Because Luria's book deeply changed his view of neurological illnesses.

4. Who wrote the book which was the model for Sacks's own book?
(a) Luria.
(b) Conrad.
(c) Hemingway.
(d) Nietzsche.

5. 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.

6. Essentially, why could Sacks not tense up the quadriceps?
(a) His tendon had not been fully reconnected.
(b) His brain could not communicate with either leg.
(c) He had forgotten how.
(d) The muscle was completely wasted away.

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

8. Where did Sacks's accident occur?
(a) In the hills of Germany.
(b) In the Swiss Alps.
(c) On a mountain in Norway.
(d) On a mountain in Finland.

9. While waiting for villagers to arrive and take him to the hospital, how did Sacks feel?
(a) Thrilled to be alive.
(b) Anxious.
(c) Comfortable and happy.
(d) Worried about the doctor's prognosis.

10. 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) Luria was a close family friend.
(d) He was not getting satisfactory answers from his own doctor.

11. What did Sacks hope to see when he reached the mountain's summit?
(a) The bull that lived there.
(b) A good view of the city.
(c) The temple at the top.
(d) A good view of the surrounding mountains.

12. What did Sacks experience with the father and son, which he had not experienced all day?
(a) Inhibitions.
(b) Fear.
(c) Anger.
(d) Laughter.

13. What other word is connoted by the word "hell"?
(a) Hellish.
(b) Helplessness.
(c) Hole.
(d) Help.

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

15. What would happen if Sacks were not found by nightfall?
(a) He would freeze to death.
(b) The bull would trample him to death.
(c) He would most likely go crazy.
(d) He would die of blood loss.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long did Sacks think about his injury before he began writing about it?

2. What did Sacks think about as he moved down the mountain?

3. To what poor instrument did Sacks compare his injured leg?

4. As Sacks notes at the beginning of the Acknowledgments, what has he done since his injury?

5. What vital support did the surgeon take away when he dismissed Sacks's concerns?

(see the answer keys)

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