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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What language was the sign "BEWARE OF THE BULL!" written in?
(a) Norwegian.
(b) English.
(c) French.
(d) German.

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

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

5. What word does Luria use to describe the modern approach to peripheral disorders?
(a) Uninformed.
(b) Ill-advised.
(c) Empathetic.
(d) Veterinary.

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

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

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

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

10. When Sacks began to write to Luria, where did Luria live?
(a) Berlin.
(b) Moscow.
(c) Oslo.
(d) Madrid.

11. How does Sacks describe the six-hour ambulance ride to the next hospital?
(a) Like the embodiment of hope.
(b) Like resurrection.
(c) Like death.
(d) Like a dream.

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

13. What did Sacks feel as he was being admitted to the hospital?
(a) That he was approaching the gallows.
(b) That he was finally reaching a place of hope.
(c) That he was losing his humanity and individuality.
(d) That he was reaching the purity of non-being.

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

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. After he fell, what story did Sacks recall the villagers telling him?

2. Since his accident, what has Sacks been aware of?

3. How did Sacks descend the mountain?

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

5. Who has written about the "occasions of poetry" (pg 9)?

(see the answer keys)

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