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

2. What escapade did Sacks try to pull during his last night in the hospital?
(a) Asking the night nurse out for a drink.
(b) Walking around the grounds unattended.
(c) Climbing a ladder to the roof.
(d) Walking the edge of his second-story balcony.

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

4. What was scheduled for Wednesday the 11th?
(a) Sacks would get out of bed and walk.
(b) Therapy would become quite intense.
(c) The temporary leg cast would be removed.
(d) Sacks would move from the hospital to the convalescent home.

5. 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 controls all bodily movements?
(c) What is the first cause of thought?
(d) What is the first cause of movement?

6. How many days did Sacks spend in his small hospital room?
(a) Thirty.
(b) Twenty.
(c) Twelve.
(d) Eight.

7. Why did Sacks refer to the doctor's visits as "odious" (Chapter Six, pg 159)?
(a) He had to play the part of the accepting, passive patient.
(b) The doctor was unusually harsh with him.
(c) He did not trust or like the doctor.
(d) He preferred to be the doctor as the patient.

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

9. What colors were the Head books which Sacks bought?
(a) Yellow and purple.
(b) Green and red.
(c) Black and white.
(d) Red and white.

10. To what does Einstein compare creating a new theory?
(a) Climbing a mountain.
(b) Building a skyscraper.
(c) Tearing down a house to build a skyscraper.
(d) Rediscovering the world.

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

12. Why did Sacks sit looking out the window for hours on end?
(a) He was starved to look at anything green.
(b) He was realizing how cut off from life he was.
(c) He was tired of his hospital room.
(d) He was eager to see other people.

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

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

15. During his first visit home, what type of religious ceremony did Sacks attend with his family?
(a) Catholic.
(b) Protestant.
(c) Jewish.
(d) New Age.

Short Answer Questions

1. What advantage did the mystics and metaphysical poets offer?

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

3. How many days did Sacks spend in limbo?

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

5. How did Sacks's knee return to its full functionality?

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