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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. How did one of the surgical registrars refer to being a patient?
(a) As a test of patience.
(b) As an opportunity.
(c) As a pilgrimage.
(d) As a long trek into the light.

5. 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) Kant.
(b) Eliot.
(c) St. John of the Cross.
(d) Nietzsche.

6. What was the oddest thing that happened while Sacks's shoulder and arm were in a cast?
(a) They gave him constant pain.
(b) Their nerve endings no longer responded to stimuli.
(c) He could no longer feel their presence.
(d) He forgot that he had ever had them.

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

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

9. What word does Nietzsche use to describe the feeling that convalescence brings?
(a) Inebriation.
(b) Brightness.
(c) Calmness.
(d) Intoxication.

10. To what does Sacks compare the coming revolution in neurology?
(a) The French Revolution.
(b) Newton's discovery.
(c) The American Revolution.
(d) Galileo's discovery.

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

12. 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.

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

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

15. Why was Sacks sent to a convalescent home before going home?
(a) He could not bear the idea of reentering the world.
(b) Patients had to be reacclimated to the world.
(c) He was not strong enough to go home.
(d) His family did not think he was ready to come home.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. During his first visit home, what type of religious ceremony did Sacks attend with his family?

3. When did Sacks suffer his second fall?

4. Why were the set times and limits at the convalescent home important?

5. How must a person react to the abyss?

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