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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What was Sacks's general opinion about the patients in the convalescent home?
(a) They were all smarter than the doctors.
(b) They were pretty knowledgeable about the world and their places in it.
(c) None of them had as compelling a story as he did.
(d) They were generally stupid and clueless.

4. Previous to his accident, how did Sacks think things were accomplished in the world?
(a) By love and understanding.
(b) By reason and will.
(c) By sheer willpower.
(d) By external impetus.

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

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

7. What concerto did Sacks listen to on a cassette tape?
(a) Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major.
(b) Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B Minor.
(c) Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.
(d) Beethoven's Piano Concerto #5.

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

9. 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 remembered the rhythm of hiking up the mountain.
(d) When he heard Mendelssohn's music in his head.

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

11. What word does Nietzsche use to describe the feeling that convalescence brings?
(a) Calmness.
(b) Intoxication.
(c) Inebriation.
(d) Brightness.

12. What reason did Sacks give for hating any creature with health?
(a) The healthy creatures could not understand him.
(b) It was one step along the road to recovery.
(c) After everything he went through, he deserved it.
(d) It was the sickness speaking.

13. Before he took a step, what visual problem did Sacks have?
(a) He could not see his feet.
(b) He could not distinguish colors.
(c) The floor looked closer than it actually was.
(d) He could not judge objects or distances.

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

15. What did Sacks hope to accomplish by reading Head's books?
(a) Learn the emotional intricacies of body alienation.
(b) Divert his thinking from his own past.
(c) Understand how to prevent body alienation in the future.
(d) Receive illumination about his experiences.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was scheduled for Wednesday the 11th?

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

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

4. As the Sister took the stitches out of Sacks's leg, what did he think?

5. What happened to Sacks's writing style when he was forced to write with his left hand?

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