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Multiple Choice Questions

1. When Sacks first entered into the field of neurology, what excited him most?
(a) The challenge of learning the field.
(b) The challenge of concepts and abstractions.
(c) The possibility for helping ill people.
(d) The fact that he would not perform surgery anymore.

2. What two sounds was Sacks caught between?
(a) The song of the earth and the silence of man.
(b) The silence of hell and the cry of man.
(c) The tune of man and the din of hell.
(d) The tunelessness of man and the melody of woman.

3. As Sacks returned to his room, what was the weather like?
(a) Chilly and wet.
(b) Lightly snowing.
(c) Sunny and warm.
(d) Dark and stormy.

4. What problem did Sacks find with Leontev and Zaporozhet's book?
(a) The authors did not analyze the data they created.
(b) The authors did not move beyond systematic analysis.
(c) The authors did not interview enough patients.
(d) The book was not written cohesively.

5. What is Hannah Arendt's idea about the space without time?
(a) It is the only place to meet God.
(b) It is the only home of Soul and Art.
(c) It is the place where Man must face himself most chillingly.
(d) It is the place where Man is not himself.

6. At what moment did Sacks's leg "return" to his body?
(a) When he remembered the rhythm of hiking up the mountain.
(b) When he had taken several steps.
(c) When he heard Mendelssohn's music in his head.
(d) When he walked and felt sensation in it.

7. What colors were the Head books which Sacks bought?
(a) Red and white.
(b) Black and white.
(c) Yellow and purple.
(d) Green and red.

8. What vital change in the world happened once Sacks moved out of his first hospital room?
(a) He became part of a community again.
(b) He was intimidated by the vastness of the world.
(c) He felt distant from the other patients though he had expected to feel closer.
(d) He reinforced his individuality.

9. At the beginning of Chapter Four, what is the essence of William Harvey's questions?
(a) What is the first cause of thought?
(b) What controls all bodily movements?
(c) How much control does man have over his movements?
(d) What is the first cause of movement?

10. Whom does Sacks quote to illustrate his need for patient waiting?
(a) St. Christopher.
(b) Conrad.
(c) Eliot.
(d) Nietzsche.

11. Sacks references a chapter in Luria's book The Man with a Shattered World that profoundly affected his thoughts about recovery. What was the name of this chapter?
(a) "Reconstruction."
(b) "Under the World."
(c) "The Turning Point."
(d) "The Moment of Light."

12. Who, in Sacks's family, had worked closely with Head?
(a) His cousin.
(b) His father.
(c) His brother.
(d) His mother.

13. While watching the surgery on his right leg, what time does Sacks remember?
(a) His agonizing move down the mountain.
(b) Preparation for his first surgery.
(c) His time in the Casting Room.
(d) The moment he faced the bull.

14. Following the book fair, why did Sacks take the slow train from Boston to New York?
(a) He had to kill time before an evening appointment.
(b) He did not have enough money for the faster train.
(c) He wanted to enjoy life at a slow pace.
(d) He wanted to begin reading Head's books.

15. Following his second fall, how long did Sacks wait before surgery was performed
(a) Eight hours.
(b) Half an hour.
(c) Three hours.
(d) Two hours.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happened to Sacks's writing style when he was forced to write with his left hand?

2. Previous to this injury, when Sacks had had electrical currents applied to his injured neck muscles, what happened?

3. As noted at the end of Chapter Three, what did Sacks begin to do?

4. What instrument did Sacks have for listening to music?

5. Previous to his accident, how did Sacks think things were accomplished in the world?

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