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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What advantage did the mystics and metaphysical poets offer?
(a) Deep expressions of despair.
(b) Beautiful language to express hope.
(c) Vivid pictures of the abstract concepts which Sacks sought.
(d) Hope without a specific religion.

2. Previous to his accident, how did Sacks think things were accomplished in the world?
(a) By love and understanding.
(b) By sheer willpower.
(c) By external impetus.
(d) By reason and will.

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

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

5. According to Sacks, what was "the only proper posture of the soul at this time" (Chapter Three, pg 113)?
(a) Passivity and patience.
(b) Action.
(c) Action and prayer.
(d) Patience.

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

7. If an outsider were to observe the patients at the convalescent home, what would he have seen?
(a) Artificial friendships.
(b) Darkness and secrecy.
(c) Lightheartedness and frivolity.
(d) Depth and secrecy.

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

9. Why did Sacks refer to the doctor's visits as "odious" (Chapter Six, pg 159)?
(a) The doctor was unusually harsh with him.
(b) He did not trust or like the doctor.
(c) He had to play the part of the accepting, passive patient.
(d) He preferred to be the doctor as the patient.

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

11. As the Sister took the stitches out of Sacks's leg, what did he think?
(a) That she was being gentle but the procedure still hurt.
(b) That she was fiddling around.
(c) That she was not being gentle.
(d) That he could not wait to go hiking again.

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

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

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

15. Why could Head not explain the poetry of music and movement the way he felt it?
(a) He did not feel music and movement very deeply.
(b) He was essentially a scientist.
(c) He could only explain the poetry in scientific terms.
(d) He had a limited capacity for expressing himself to others.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did scotoma overwhelm Sacks the most?

2. How many days did Sacks spend in his small hospital room?

3. As Sacks returned to his room, what was the weather like?

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

5. At what moment did Sacks's leg "return" to his body?

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