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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Montaigne, Kant, and Einstein all agree that there is no substitute for what?
(a) Science.
(b) Education.
(c) Experience.
(d) Philosophy.

4. According to Kant, how does a man stand in relation to the world?
(a) In the world's experience.
(b) In context of his unique personality.
(c) In context of other people's experience.
(d) In his own experience.

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

6. Why could Head not explain the poetry of music and movement the way he felt it?
(a) He was essentially a scientist.
(b) He had a limited capacity for expressing himself to others.
(c) He did not feel music and movement very deeply.
(d) He could only explain the poetry in scientific terms.

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

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

9. What two sounds was Sacks caught between?
(a) The song of the earth and the silence of man.
(b) The tune of man and the din of hell.
(c) The tunelessness of man and the melody of woman.
(d) The silence of hell and the cry of man.

10. What instrument did Sacks have for listening to music?
(a) A small radio.
(b) A clarinet.
(c) An MP3 player.
(d) A record player.

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

12. How must a person react to the abyss?
(a) Skirt its edge without falling in.
(b) Search it for answers.
(c) Either face it or walk away.
(d) Ignore it.

13. To what does Sacks compare the coming revolution in neurology?
(a) Newton's discovery.
(b) Galileo's discovery.
(c) The French Revolution.
(d) The American Revolution.

14. 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 felt shooting pains in his back.
(c) His neck muscles had remained tense and nearly immobile.
(d) He had the undeniable impulse to shrug.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why were the set times and limits at the convalescent home important?

2. What was Sacks's general opinion about the patients in the convalescent home?

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

4. What is the most important reason for the young painter's misery?

5. Before he took a step, what visual problem did Sacks have?

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