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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Before Sacks's cast was taken off, what did he dream that it was filled with?
(a) Someone else's leg.
(b) A lacerated leg.
(c) Air or rotting bones.
(d) Joy and concerto music.

2. Once the cast was removed, Sacks gingerly touched his leg. How did it feel?
(a) Like flesh.
(b) Like wax.
(c) Like pudding.
(d) Like marble.

3. When moving out of his tiny hospital room, why did Sacks see the world as two-dimensional?
(a) The denervation process had affected only his left eye.
(b) The denervation process had also affected his eyes.
(c) His vision reflected his changed thinking.
(d) His field of vision had shrunk.

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

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

6. What colors were the Head books which Sacks bought?
(a) Black and white.
(b) Green and red.
(c) Red and white.
(d) Yellow and purple.

7. 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) "The Turning Point."
(b) "Under the World."
(c) "Reconstruction."
(d) "The Moment of Light."

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

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

10. 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 more concise.
(c) It became heavy-hearted.
(d) It became melodramatic.

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

12. How much did Sacks walk the day after his second surgery?
(a) Half a mile.
(b) Half the length of the hospital hallway.
(c) Half a dozen steps.
(d) Not at all.

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

14. Whom does Sacks quote to illustrate his need for patient waiting?
(a) St. Christopher.
(b) Nietzsche.
(c) Eliot.
(d) Conrad.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When Sacks talks about the hole in memory and identity, what is he referring to (Afterword, pg 200)?

2. When Sacks first entered into the field of neurology, what excited him most?

3. Why was Sacks sent to a convalescent home before going home?

4. Previous to this injury, when Sacks had had electrical currents applied to his injured neck muscles, what happened?

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

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