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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How many days did Sacks spend in limbo?
(a) Twenty-eight.
(b) Twelve.
(c) Four.
(d) Ten.

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

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

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

6. What vital change in the world happened once Sacks moved out of his first hospital room?
(a) He felt distant from the other patients though he had expected to feel closer.
(b) He became part of a community again.
(c) He reinforced his individuality.
(d) He was intimidated by the vastness of the world.

7. What is the most important reason for the young painter's misery?
(a) He could not hide his worsening illness.
(b) He knew he was dying and could not accept it.
(c) He was impatient for the moment of death.
(d) He could not hide his wish for death.

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

9. What happened to Sacks's writing style when he was forced to write with his left hand?
(a) It became melodramatic.
(b) It became more concise.
(c) It became more verbose.
(d) It became heavy-hearted.

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

11. How did Sacks's knee return to its full functionality?
(a) He walked one mile a day.
(b) He stopped thinking about its physical movements.
(c) He went through one week of therapy.
(d) He was challenged to swim.

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

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

14. Why is the phrase "uneventful recovery" misleading?
(a) Recovery is the greatest event of the patient's life.
(b) The phrase implies a peaceful recovery, which is never possible.
(c) Recovery has no relationship to events.
(d) Recovery is actually a series of events.

15. 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 time in the Casting Room.
(d) His agonizing move down the mountain.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Head, when dealing with body alienation, what is of "fundamental importance" (Chapter Seven, pg 200)?

2. What two sounds was Sacks caught between?

3. How has Sacks always liked to think of himself?

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

5. Sacks was excited about buying books written by a man named Head. What was the author's first name?

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