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

2. 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 drifting into chaos or passivity.
(c) They kept the patients from reconnecting to the world too early.
(d) They kept the patients from getting into mischief.

3. Once he began walking again, what time had arrived for Sacks?
(a) The time for great changes.
(b) The time for thinking.
(c) The time for community.
(d) The time for doing.

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

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

6. How many days did Sacks spend in limbo?
(a) Twenty-eight.
(b) Ten.
(c) Four.
(d) Twelve.

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

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

9. What group of people did Weir Mitchell write about?
(a) The patients in his New York clinic.
(b) Healthy Korean veterans.
(c) Wounded Civil War veterans.
(d) Wounded WWII veterans.

10. What quality of Limbo is inherent in scotoma?
(a) No physical placement in space.
(b) Timelessness.
(c) Loneliness.
(d) Absence.

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

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

13. What was the oddest thing that happened while Sacks's shoulder and arm were in a cast?
(a) Their nerve endings no longer responded to stimuli.
(b) They gave him constant pain.
(c) He could no longer feel their presence.
(d) He forgot that he had ever had them.

14. What tragedy did Darwin experience, which Sacks explains?
(a) He became more happy as he learned more science.
(b) He lost his taste for art and music.
(c) He lost his taste for science.
(d) He turned against art as inessential to life.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What happened to Sacks's writing style when he was forced to write with his left hand?

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

3. How has Sacks always liked to think of himself?

4. When moving out of his tiny hospital room, why did Sacks see the world as two-dimensional?

5. What was the name of the convalescent home where Sacks recovered?

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