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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who has written about the "occasions of poetry" (pg 9)?
(a) Thomas Gunn.
(b) T. S. Eliot.
(c) William Shakespeare.
(d) Admiral Nelson.

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

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

4. Following the surgery, how did Sacks's cast fit his leg?
(a) He could put two fingers between his leg and the cas.
(b) He could put his entire fist between his leg and the cast.
(c) The leg fit nearly perfectly in the cast.
(d) The leg was horribly swollen in the cast.

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

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

7. After a temporary cast was put on the leg, what dream did Sacks have?
(a) The leg was made of cloud vapor.
(b) The leg was covered with a layer of steel.
(c) The leg was being squeezed in a vice.
(d) The leg was made of bricks and mortar.

8. What role did Mary-Kay Wilmers play in Sacks's recovery?
(a) She suggested and edited his article entitled "The Leg."
(b) She nursed him in the hospital after his surgery.
(c) She nursed him in the convalescent home.
(d) She served as the impetus for his philosophical musings about his injury.

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

10. When Nurse Solveig returned to take out Sacks's thermometer, what emotion did she convey?
(a) Pity.
(b) Concern.
(c) Rage.
(d) Disinterest.

11. What instrument did Sacks have for listening to music?
(a) An MP3 player.
(b) A small radio.
(c) A record player.
(d) A clarinet.

12. What analogy does Sacks refer to as he draws the relationship between science and art?
(a) Einstein's theory of relativity.
(b) Archimedes' bathtub.
(c) Galileo's earth.
(d) Newton's apple.

13. To what did Sacks's various thoughts and themes eventually lead in the end?
(a) A critique of modern neurological medicine.
(b) A reaffirmation of modern neurological medicin.
(c) A personal, religious faith.
(d) A deeper understanding of the patient-doctor relationship.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What language was the sign "BEWARE OF THE BULL!" written in?

2. In what publication did Sacks's first article about his injury appear?

3. 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)?

4. Sacks climbed a particular stretch of ground in just over an hour. How long did it take him to descend this same stretch?

5. When the father and his son rescued Sacks, what had they been doing just a moment before?

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