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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Before Sacks's cast was taken off, what did he dream that it was filled with?
(a) Joy and concerto music.
(b) Someone else's leg.
(c) A lacerated leg.
(d) Air or rotting bones.

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) Westminster Abbey.
(b) St. Martin-in-the-Field.
(c) St. Paul's Cathedral.
(d) Buckingham Palace.

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

4. 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 place where Man must face himself most chillingly.
(d) It is the only place to meet God.

5. 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 is not ready for thought.
(d) He must combine hope and thought.

6. At what moment did Sacks's leg "return" to his body?
(a) When he heard Mendelssohn's music in his head.
(b) When he had taken several steps.
(c) When he remembered the rhythm of hiking up the mountain.
(d) When he walked and felt sensation in it.

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

8. 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 preferred to be the doctor as the patient.
(d) He had to play the part of the accepting, passive patient.

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

10. 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.

11. While under the spinal anesthesia, how did Sacks perceive his body?
(a) He terminated in the middle.
(b) His feet were far away.
(c) He had no upper half.
(d) His body was very thin.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does a person suffering from alienation of a limb think about that part of his body?

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

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

4. As noted at the end of Chapter Three, what did Sacks begin to do?

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

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