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

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

3. Why did Sacks find beauty as well as fear in darkness?
(a) The darkness was part of human experience.
(b) There was hope for an end.
(c) The darkness was guided by God.
(d) There was hope for a new light.

4. Why was it difficult for Sacks to proceed through the land of limbo?
(a) There was no God figure present.
(b) There was no map or chart.
(c) He had no traveling companions.
(d) He had no music.

5. When Sacks first entered into the field of neurology, what excited him most?
(a) The challenge of concepts and abstractions.
(b) The fact that he would not perform surgery anymore.
(c) The possibility for helping ill people.
(d) The challenge of learning the field.

6. Sacks was excited about buying books written by a man named Head. What was the author's first name?
(a) Herbert.
(b) Hugo.
(c) Howard.
(d) Henry.

7. What is the most important reason for the young painter's misery?
(a) He could not hide his wish for death.
(b) He could not hide his worsening illness.
(c) He knew he was dying and could not accept it.
(d) He was impatient for the moment of death.

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

9. 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.
(c) Action and prayer.
(d) Patience.

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

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

12. Why was it so difficult for Sacks to take the first step?
(a) His feet felt too heavy to lift.
(b) He felt that the physiotherapists were pressuring him.
(c) He had forgotten how to walk.
(d) He could not get his sense of balance.

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

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

15. In Montaigne's words, who is a true doctor?
(a) The man who has experienced every illness he wants to cure.
(b) The man who can sympathize with his patients.
(c) The man who also understands art.
(d) The man who sees his patients as people rather than as problems.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. During his first visit home, what type of religious ceremony did Sacks attend with his family?

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

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

5. In the quote from St. John of the Cross in Chapter Three, where does the light guide the man?

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