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

2. How do we understand the concepts of time and space?
(a) In context of our scientific understanding.
(b) In reference to the physical world.
(c) In reference to the people around us.
(d) In reference to ourselves.

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

4. Sacks references a chapter in Luria's book The Man with a Shattered World that profoundly affected his thoughts about recovery. What was the name of this chapter?
(a) "Reconstruction."
(b) "Under the World."
(c) "The Turning Point."
(d) "The Moment of Light."

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

6. What advantage did the mystics and metaphysical poets offer?
(a) Deep expressions of despair.
(b) Hope without a specific religion.
(c) Beautiful language to express hope.
(d) Vivid pictures of the abstract concepts which Sacks sought.

7. How did one of the surgical registrars refer to being a patient?
(a) As a test of patience.
(b) As a pilgrimage.
(c) As a long trek into the light.
(d) As an opportunity.

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

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

10. How does a person suffering from alienation of a limb think about that part of his body?
(a) He does not think about that limb.
(b) It seems to belong to someone else.
(c) It makes no sense to him.
(d) He thinks of himself as whole but injured.

11. How has Sacks always liked to think of himself?
(a) As an explorer.
(b) As an inventor.
(c) As a humanitarian.
(d) As a risk-taker.

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

13. When did scotoma overwhelm Sacks the most?
(a) When he was tired.
(b) Early afternoon.
(c) When he was happy.
(d) At night.

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

15. 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 terminated in the middle.
(d) He had no upper half.

Short Answer Questions

1. Following the book fair, why did Sacks take the slow train from Boston to New York?

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

3. How had Sacks tried to revive his left leg?

4. What important concept did Sacks find in Kant's writing?

5. Whom does Sacks quote to illustrate his need for patient waiting?

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