A Leg to Stand On Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) "The Turning Point."
(b) "Under the World."
(c) "Reconstruction."
(d) "The Moment of Light."

2. What color did Head attribute to neurology?
(a) Black.
(b) Grey.
(c) Green.
(d) White.

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

4. What happened to Sacks's writing style when he was forced to write with his left hand?
(a) It became more verbose.
(b) It became more concise.
(c) It became heavy-hearted.
(d) It became melodramatic.

5. In the hospital gardens, what set patients off from non-patients?
(a) Their various bandages and stitches.
(b) Their white hospital gowns.
(c) Their attitude toward other people.
(d) Their demeanor of illness.

6. Sacks had written to Luria explaining his accident and the subsequent alienation he felt. What was Luria's response?
(a) Sacks was opening a new medical field.
(b) Luria did not understand Sacks' experience.
(c) Sacks' experience was unique.
(d) Sacks' experience was odd but worth writing about.

7. How does Sack describe his thoughts during the first moments of standing again?
(a) He was entering the world of the patient from the world of the dead.
(b) He was too excited to remember his thoughts.
(c) His life had been recreated.
(d) The world was again possible.

8. Sacks did not attend the memorial service for W. H. Auden because he thought he was too weak to travel. Where was this service held?
(a) St. Martin-in-the-Field.
(b) Buckingham Palace.
(c) St. Paul's Cathedral.
(d) Westminster Abbey.

9. Before he took a step, what visual problem did Sacks have?
(a) The floor looked closer than it actually was.
(b) He could not distinguish colors.
(c) He could not judge objects or distances.
(d) He could not see his feet.

10. How has Sacks always liked to think of himself?
(a) As a humanitarian.
(b) As an explorer.
(c) As an inventor.
(d) As a risk-taker.

11. What escapade did Sacks try to pull during his last night in the hospital?
(a) Walking the edge of his second-story balcony.
(b) Climbing a ladder to the roof.
(c) Asking the night nurse out for a drink.
(d) Walking around the grounds unattended.

12. During his recovery, what did Sacks decide was the most important thing of all?
(a) Life.
(b) Health.
(c) Strength.
(d) Family.

13. Why was it difficult for Sacks to proceed through the land of limbo?
(a) He had no music.
(b) There was no map or chart.
(c) There was no God figure present.
(d) He had no traveling companions.

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

15. What reason did Sacks give for hating any creature with health?
(a) After everything he went through, he deserved it.
(b) It was one step along the road to recovery.
(c) It was the sickness speaking.
(d) The healthy creatures could not understand him.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Sacks, what was "the only proper posture of the soul at this time" (Chapter Three, pg 113)?

2. Once he began walking again, what time had arrived for Sacks?

3. Following the book fair, why did Sacks take the slow train from Boston to New York?

4. Why is the phrase "uneventful recovery" misleading?

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

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