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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The day that Sacks moved out of his first hospital room, how far did he walk?
(a) He could not walk at all.
(b) Half a mile.
(c) A mile.
(d) Three blocks.

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

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

4. 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 could not hide his wish for death.
(d) He was impatient for the moment of death.

5. What important concept did Sacks find in Kant's writing?
(a) A traditional concept of man's relation to the world.
(b) A living concept of time and space.
(c) A vivid concept of the body-ego connection.
(d) A modern concept of personhood.

6. Following his second fall, how long did Sacks wait before surgery was performed
(a) Half an hour.
(b) Three hours.
(c) Two hours.
(d) Eight hours.

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

8. According to Sacks, what was "the only proper posture of the soul at this time" (Chapter Three, pg 113)?
(a) Passivity and patience.
(b) Action and prayer.
(c) Patience.
(d) Action.

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

10. What color did Head attribute to neurology?
(a) Black.
(b) Green.
(c) White.
(d) Grey.

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

12. Once he began walking again, what time had arrived for Sacks?
(a) The time for doing.
(b) The time for thinking.
(c) The time for great changes.
(d) The time for community.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What concerto did Sacks listen to on a cassette tape?

2. In the hospital gardens, what set patients off from non-patients?

3. Why did Sacks find beauty as well as fear in darkness?

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?

5. Why did Sacks refer to the doctor's visits as "odious" (Chapter Six, pg 159)?

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