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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) Westminster Abbey.
(c) Buckingham Palace.
(d) St. Paul's Cathedral.

3. As noted at the end of Chapter Three, what did Sacks begin to do?
(a) Address himself to the "Thou" of the Psalms.
(b) Put his faith in mysticism.
(c) Turn away from hope to despair.
(d) Look to other people for emotional and spiritual support.

4. 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 modern concept of personhood.
(d) A living concept of time and space.

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

6. To what does Einstein compare creating a new theory?
(a) Climbing a mountain.
(b) Tearing down a house to build a skyscraper.
(c) Rediscovering the world.
(d) Building a skyscraper.

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

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

9. For people with hemi-inattention, what does "anosognosis" mean?
(a) Inability to communicate language confusion.
(b) Unawareness of their physical bodies.
(c) Inability to communicate physical distress.
(d) Unawareness that they are neglecting one half of their bodies.

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

11. Why were the set times and limits at the convalescent home important?
(a) They showed the patients who held the power.
(b) They kept the patients from drifting into chaos or passivity.
(c) They kept the patients from getting into mischief.
(d) They kept the patients from reconnecting to the world too early.

12. How many days did Sacks spend in his small hospital room?
(a) Twenty.
(b) Twelve.
(c) Eight.
(d) Thirty.

13. What tragedy did Darwin experience, which Sacks explains?
(a) He lost his taste for science.
(b) He turned against art as inessential to life.
(c) He lost his taste for art and music.
(d) He became more happy as he learned more science.

14. What was Sacks's general opinion about the patients in the convalescent home?
(a) They were pretty knowledgeable about the world and their places in it.
(b) They were all smarter than the doctors.
(c) None of them had as compelling a story as he did.
(d) They were generally stupid and clueless.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. When moving out of his tiny hospital room, why did Sacks see the world as two-dimensional?

4. While watching the surgery on his right leg, what time does Sacks remember?

5. In the convalescent home, what did Sacks's first breakfast partner find amusing?

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