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 was the name of the convalescent home where Sacks recovered?
(a) Because his frame of reference has also shrunk.
(b) Because, if he has strong familial support, the world's shrinking does not matter.
(c) Because his mental faculties are not engaged in the world around him.
(d) Because he is caught up in the intricacies of his disease.

2. In Montaigne's words, who is a true doctor?
(a) The man who has experienced every illness he wants to cure.
(b) The man who also understands art.
(c) The man who can sympathize with his patients.
(d) The man who sees his patients as people rather than as problems.

3. Why did Sacks find beauty as well as fear in darkness?
(a) There was hope for a new light.
(b) The darkness was guided by God.
(c) There was hope for an end.
(d) The darkness was part of human experience.

4. What was the name of the convalescent home where Sacks recovered?
(a) Kenmoore.
(b) Hampstead Heath.
(c) Hampstead.
(d) Kenwood.

5. What did Sacks hope to accomplish by reading Head's books?
(a) Understand how to prevent body alienation in the future.
(b) Receive illumination about his experiences.
(c) Learn the emotional intricacies of body alienation.
(d) Divert his thinking from his own past.

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

7. In the convalescent home, what did Sacks's first breakfast partner find amusing?
(a) The jokes of the serving nurses.
(b) The irony of their respective leg injuries.
(c) Sacks' situation.
(d) Everything about the world.

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

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

10. 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 heard Mendelssohn's music in his head.
(c) When he walked and felt sensation in it.
(d) When he had taken several steps.

11. What quality of Limbo is inherent in scotoma?
(a) Timelessness.
(b) Loneliness.
(c) Absence.
(d) No physical placement in space.

12. While in limbo, what feeling did Sacks have to allow, which he first found humiliating?
(a) Inadequacy.
(b) Inerrancy.
(c) Activity.
(d) Passivity.

13. Why did Sacks sit looking out the window for hours on end?
(a) He was realizing how cut off from life he was.
(b) He was eager to see other people.
(c) He was starved to look at anything green.
(d) He was tired of his hospital room.

14. 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 vivid concept of the body-ego connection.
(d) A living concept of time and space.

15. In Chapter Five, Sacks quotes poetry to explain the importance of music: "You are the music/ While the music lasts." Who wrote these lines?
(a) Nietzsche.
(b) St. John of the Cross.
(c) Eliot.
(d) Kant.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was scheduled for Wednesday the 11th?

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

3. Montaigne, Kant, and Einstein all agree that there is no substitute for what?

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

5. 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?

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