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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. 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) He saw the pipe as a sign of returning health.
(c) He was a smoker.
(d) The pipe fit into the scenery and his mood.

5. When did scotoma overwhelm Sacks the most?
(a) At night.
(b) When he was happy.
(c) Early afternoon.
(d) When he was tired.

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

7. How had Sacks tried to revive his left leg?
(a) By intense therapy.
(b) By wishing it into being.
(c) By thinking it into being.
(d) By praying it into being.

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

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

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

11. Sacks had written to Luria explaining his accident and the subsequent alienation he felt. What was Luria's response?
(a) Luria did not understand Sacks' experience.
(b) Sacks' experience was odd but worth writing about.
(c) Sacks' experience was unique.
(d) Sacks was opening a new medical field.

12. In the quote from St. John of the Cross in Chapter Three, where does the light guide the man?
(a) To peaceful darkness.
(b) To the place where God was waiting for him.
(c) To the place of eternal peace.
(d) To the place of unconditional love.

13. What reason did Sacks give for hating any creature with health?
(a) After everything he went through, he deserved it.
(b) The healthy creatures could not understand him.
(c) It was one step along the road to recovery.
(d) It was the sickness speaking.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Einstein compare creating a new theory?

2. According to Kant, how does a man stand in relation to the world?

3. When Sacks gave thanks for his health and recovery, what was most important about that action?

4. Why did Sacks find beauty as well as fear in darkness?

5. Why was Sacks sent to a convalescent home before going home?

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