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

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

3. When Sacks gave thanks for his health and recovery, what was most important about that action?
(a) The deity to whom he addressed his thanks.
(b) The feeling of humility and gratefulness.
(c) The amount of thankfulness he actually felt.
(d) The words he used to express his thoughts.

4. What vital change in the world happened once Sacks moved out of his first hospital room?
(a) He was intimidated by the vastness of the world.
(b) He became part of a community again.
(c) He felt distant from the other patients though he had expected to feel closer.
(d) He reinforced his individuality.

5. According to Head, when dealing with body alienation, what is of "fundamental importance" (Chapter Seven, pg 200)?
(a) A clear chronology.
(b) A detailed description of the medical circumstances.
(c) An understanding of the factors involved in recovery.
(d) A thorough understanding of the emotions involved.

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

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

8. When did Sacks suffer his second fall?
(a) March 1983.
(b) January 1984.
(c) November 1984.
(d) December 1982.

9. At what moment did Sacks's leg "return" to his body?
(a) When he had taken several steps.
(b) When he heard Mendelssohn's music in his head.
(c) When he remembered the rhythm of hiking up the mountain.
(d) When he walked and felt sensation in it.

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

11. What reason did Sacks give for hating any creature with health?
(a) It was the sickness speaking.
(b) After everything he went through, he deserved it.
(c) It was one step along the road to recovery.
(d) The healthy creatures could not understand him.

12. As noted at the end of Chapter Three, what did Sacks begin to do?
(a) Put his faith in mysticism.
(b) Turn away from hope to despair.
(c) Address himself to the "Thou" of the Psalms.
(d) Look to other people for emotional and spiritual support.

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

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

15. If an outsider were to observe the patients at the convalescent home, what would he have seen?
(a) Depth and secrecy.
(b) Lightheartedness and frivolity.
(c) Darkness and secrecy.
(d) Artificial friendships.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did scotoma overwhelm Sacks the most?

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

3. In Chapter Five, Sacks quotes poetry to explain the importance of music: "You are the music/ While the music lasts." Who wrote these lines?

4. What colors were the Head books which Sacks bought?

5. What instrument did Sacks have for listening to music?

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