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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Sack describe his thoughts during the first moments of standing again?
(a) He was entering the world of the patient from the world of the dead.
(b) He was too excited to remember his thoughts.
(c) The world was again possible.
(d) His life had been recreated.

2. In the quote about patient waiting, why must the person not think?
(a) He is not strong enough for thought.
(b) He must combine hope and thought.
(c) He is not ready for thought.
(d) He must combine love and thought.

3. 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 move beyond systematic analysis.
(d) The authors did not analyze the data they created.

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

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

6. What was Sacks's general opinion about the patients in the convalescent home?
(a) None of them had as compelling a story as he did.
(b) They were all smarter than the doctors.
(c) They were generally stupid and clueless.
(d) They were pretty knowledgeable about the world and their places in it.

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

8. Why did Sacks refer to the doctor's visits as "odious" (Chapter Six, pg 159)?
(a) He did not trust or like the doctor.
(b) He preferred to be the doctor as the patient.
(c) The doctor was unusually harsh with him.
(d) He had to play the part of the accepting, passive patient.

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

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

11. In the quote from St. John of the Cross in Chapter Three, where does the light guide the man?
(a) To the place of unconditional love.
(b) To peaceful darkness.
(c) To the place where God was waiting for him.
(d) To the place of eternal peace.

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

13. Why was Sacks sent to a convalescent home before going home?
(a) His family did not think he was ready to come home.
(b) He was not strong enough to go home.
(c) Patients had to be reacclimated to the world.
(d) He could not bear the idea of reentering the world.

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

15. What concerto did Sacks listen to on a cassette tape?
(a) Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major.
(b) Beethoven's Piano Concerto #5.
(c) Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B Minor.
(d) Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.

Short Answer Questions

1. During his recovery, what did Sacks decide was the most important thing of all?

2. How must a person react to the abyss?

3. What was the oddest thing that happened while Sacks's shoulder and arm were in a cast?

4. How much did Sacks walk the day after his second surgery?

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

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