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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When did Sacks begin writing to Luria?
(a) 1977.
(b) 1983.
(c) 1973.
(d) 1955.

2. How did Sacks splint his leg?
(a) With his walking stick.
(b) With his right leg.
(c) With a stick he found on the ground.
(d) With his umbrella.

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

4. How has Sacks written the book A Leg to Stand On?
(a) As a novel or short story.
(b) As an expose.
(c) As a prose poem.
(d) As an autobiography.

5. Why was Sacks so happy that he could do fifty chin-ups?
(a) He did not have to get out of bed to exercise.
(b) Only fifteen hours earlier, he had been delirious with fever.
(c) He wanted to impress the nurse.
(d) If his torso were strong again, his legs would regain strength more quickly.

6. When was Studies in Neurology published?
(a) 1930.
(b) 1910.
(c) 1920.
(d) 1940.

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

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

9. What was Luria's response to Sacks's story?
(a) Fascinating but not completely useful to modern doctors.
(b) Such effects often happen but the stories are not told.
(c) Such effects are widely studied in the medical field.
(d) Such effects rarely ever occur.

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

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

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

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

14. What was the name of the physiotherapist?
(a) Miss Prestar.
(b) Mrs. Preston.
(c) Miss Blanche.
(d) Miss Preston.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Sacks, why does he not end his story after his rescue?

2. What was the first exercise that Sacks tried to do with the physiotherapist?

3. After realizing that he was the victim of the fall, what did Sacks do?

4. What was the primary reason that Sacks and his friends celebrated the evening after his surgery?

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

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