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. What important concept did Sacks find in Kant's writing?
(a) A modern concept of personhood.
(b) A traditional concept of man's relation to the world.
(c) A living concept of time and space.
(d) A vivid concept of the body-ego connection.

2. 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) The world was again possible.
(c) He was too excited to remember his thoughts.
(d) His life had been recreated.

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

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

5. How do we understand the concepts of time and space?
(a) In context of our scientific understanding.
(b) In reference to the people around us.
(c) In reference to the physical world.
(d) In reference to ourselves.

6. In the quote about patient waiting, why must the person not think?
(a) He is not ready for thought.
(b) He must combine hope and thought.
(c) He is not strong enough for thought.
(d) He must combine love and thought.

7. How did Sacks's knee return to its full functionality?
(a) He was challenged to swim.
(b) He walked one mile a day.
(c) He stopped thinking about its physical movements.
(d) He went through one week of therapy.

8. Sacks was excited about buying books written by a man named Head. What was the author's first name?
(a) Henry.
(b) Hugo.
(c) Herbert.
(d) Howard.

9. Previous to this injury, when Sacks had had electrical currents applied to his injured neck muscles, what happened?
(a) He felt shooting pains in his back.
(b) He had the undeniable impulse to shrug.
(c) His neck muscles had remained tense and nearly immobile.
(d) His neck muscles immediately relaxed.

10. Why was it so difficult for Sacks to take the first step?
(a) He could not get his sense of balance.
(b) He had forgotten how to walk.
(c) His feet felt too heavy to lift.
(d) He felt that the physiotherapists were pressuring him.

11. According to Head, when dealing with body alienation, what is of "fundamental importance" (Chapter Seven, pg 200)?
(a) A detailed description of the medical circumstances.
(b) A clear chronology.
(c) A thorough understanding of the emotions involved.
(d) An understanding of the factors involved in recovery.

12. On one particular September morning, why did Sacks deeply enjoy lighting his pipe?
(a) He thought he had never before had the leisure to light one.
(b) The pipe fit into the scenery and his mood.
(c) He saw the pipe as a sign of returning health.
(d) He was a smoker.

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

14. How many days did Sacks spend in limbo?
(a) Twenty-eight.
(b) Twelve.
(c) Four.
(d) Ten.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. As the Sister took the stitches out of Sacks's leg, what did he think?

2. Following his second fall, how long did Sacks wait before surgery was performed

3. What group of people did Weir Mitchell write about?

4. 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?

5. To what does Sacks compare the coming revolution in neurology?

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