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. Whom does Sacks quote to illustrate his need for patient waiting?
(a) Conrad.
(b) Eliot.
(c) Nietzsche.
(d) St. Christopher.

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

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

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

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

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

7. During his recovery, what did Sacks decide was the most important thing of all?
(a) Life.
(b) Health.
(c) Family.
(d) Strength.

8. 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) The denervation process had also affected his eyes.
(c) His vision reflected his changed thinking.
(d) His field of vision had shrunk.

9. 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.

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

11. 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) St. John of the Cross.
(c) Nietzsche.
(d) Eliot.

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

13. 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 sheer willpower.
(d) By reason and will.

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

15. 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) They were generally stupid and clueless.
(d) None of them had as compelling a story as he did.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. As Sacks returned to his room, what was the weather like?

3. Previous to this injury, when Sacks had had electrical currents applied to his injured neck muscles, what happened?

4. For people with hemi-inattention, what does "anosognosis" mean?

5. Following the book fair, why did Sacks take the slow train from Boston to New York?

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