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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 wanted to enjoy life at a slow pace.
(b) He had to kill time before an evening appointment.
(c) He wanted to begin reading Head's books.
(d) He did not have enough money for the faster train.

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

3. When Sacks talks about the hole in memory and identity, what is he referring to (Afterword, pg 200)?
(a) A hole in his sense of selfhood.
(b) A hole in the higher-order consciousness.
(c) A hole in the primary consciousness.
(d) A hole in his subconscious understanding of the world.

4. What was the name of the convalescent home where Sacks recovered?
(a) Hampstead.
(b) Hampstead Heath.
(c) Kenmoore.
(d) Kenwood.

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

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

7. 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.

8. 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) The denervation process had affected only his left eye.
(c) The denervation process had also affected his eyes.
(d) His vision reflected his changed thinking.

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

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

11. Why were the set times and limits at the convalescent home important?
(a) They kept the patients from getting into mischief.
(b) They kept the patients from reconnecting to the world too early.
(c) They showed the patients who held the power.
(d) They kept the patients from drifting into chaos or passivity.

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

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

14. 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) St. John of the Cross.
(b) Kant.
(c) Nietzsche.
(d) Eliot.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What problem did Sacks find with Leontev and Zaporozhet's book?

2. Montaigne, Kant, and Einstein all agree that there is no substitute for what?

3. How many days did Sacks spend in limbo?

4. Once the cast was removed, Sacks gingerly touched his leg. How did it feel?

5. What reason did Sacks give for hating any creature with health?

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