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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Previous to his accident, how did Sacks think things were accomplished in the world?
(a) By sheer willpower.
(b) By external impetus.
(c) By reason and will.
(d) By love and understanding.

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

6. While watching the surgery on his right leg, what time does Sacks remember?
(a) His time in the Casting Room.
(b) The moment he faced the bull.
(c) Preparation for his first surgery.
(d) His agonizing move down the mountain.

7. To what does Einstein compare creating a new theory?
(a) Rediscovering the world.
(b) Building a skyscraper.
(c) Climbing a mountain.
(d) Tearing down a house to build a skyscraper.

8. What escapade did Sacks try to pull during his last night in the hospital?
(a) Walking the edge of his second-story balcony.
(b) Climbing a ladder to the roof.
(c) Asking the night nurse out for a drink.
(d) Walking around the grounds unattended.

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

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

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

12. How many days did Sacks spend in his small hospital room?
(a) Thirty.
(b) Twelve.
(c) Twenty.
(d) Eight.

13. In the hospital gardens, what set patients off from non-patients?
(a) Their attitude toward other people.
(b) Their various bandages and stitches.
(c) Their white hospital gowns.
(d) Their demeanor of illness.

14. What problem did Sacks find with Leontev and Zaporozhet's book?
(a) The book was not written cohesively.
(b) The authors did not interview enough patients.
(c) The authors did not analyze the data they created.
(d) The authors did not move beyond systematic analysis.

15. At the beginning of Chapter Four, what is the essence of William Harvey's questions?
(a) What controls all bodily movements?
(b) How much control does man have over his movements?
(c) What is the first cause of movement?
(d) What is the first cause of thought?

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. How many days did Sacks spend in limbo?

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

5. At what moment did Sacks's leg "return" to his body?

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