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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How is the material in the last chapter presented?
(a) Systematically.
(b) Concisely.
(c) Randomly.
(d) Poetically.

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

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

5. What did not occur to Sacks until he injured his leg?
(a) How utterly alone he was.
(b) That the bull might be following him.
(c) That he had forgotten to take extra water.
(d) How far he had climbed up the mountain before falling.

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

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

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

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

10. What was the primary reason that Sacks decided not to yell a second time?
(a) He was afraid of angering the bull.
(b) He was about ten miles away from the village.
(c) He needed to conserve his strength.
(d) He was too thirsty to yell very loudly.

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

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

13. Shortly after the sun set, what extraordinary auditory experience did Sacks have?
(a) He could not hear anything outside himself.
(b) He could hear every living creature in the area.
(c) He could no longer hear himself.
(d) He could hear the movement of the plants around him.

14. What does the word scotoma mean?
(a) Emptiness and images of emptiness.
(b) Darkness of soul.
(c) Being utterly alone in the world.
(d) The depression following surgery.

15. When did Sacks write the preface to the book?
(a) 1954.
(b) 1983.
(c) 1982.
(d) 1991.

Short Answer Questions

1. After a temporary cast was put on the leg, what dream did Sacks have?

2. What role did Mary-Kay Wilmers play in Sacks's recovery?

3. Why did Sacks have strong legs?

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

5. 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?

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