A Leg to Stand On Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. What was the name of the convalescent home where Sacks recovered?
(a) Because his frame of reference has also shrunk.
(b) Because his mental faculties are not engaged in the world around him.
(c) Because he is caught up in the intricacies of his disease.
(d) Because, if he has strong familial support, the world's shrinking does not matter.

3. When moving out of his tiny hospital room, why did Sacks see the world as two-dimensional?
(a) The denervation process had affected only his left eye.
(b) His vision reflected his changed thinking.
(c) His field of vision had shrunk.
(d) The denervation process had also affected his eyes.

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

5. When did Sacks suffer his second fall?
(a) January 1984.
(b) December 1982.
(c) March 1983.
(d) November 1984.

6. At the beginning of Chapter Four, what is the essence of William Harvey's questions?
(a) How much control does man have over his movements?
(b) What is the first cause of thought?
(c) What is the first cause of movement?
(d) What controls all bodily movements?

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

8. In the convalescent home, what did Sacks's first breakfast partner find amusing?
(a) Everything about the world.
(b) The jokes of the serving nurses.
(c) Sacks' situation.
(d) The irony of their respective leg injuries.

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

10. Previous to this injury, when Sacks had had electrical currents applied to his injured neck muscles, what happened?
(a) He felt shooting pains in his back.
(b) His neck muscles had remained tense and nearly immobile.
(c) His neck muscles immediately relaxed.
(d) He had the undeniable impulse to shrug.

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

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

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

14. What instrument did Sacks have for listening to music?
(a) A clarinet.
(b) An MP3 player.
(c) A small radio.
(d) A record player.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. On one particular September morning, why did Sacks deeply enjoy lighting his pipe?

3. What concerto did Sacks listen to on a cassette tape?

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

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

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