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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did Sacks descend the mountain?
(a) By hobbling on his right leg.
(b) By "rowing" with his arms.
(c) By crawling.
(d) By rolling and sliding.

2. What was the name of the physiotherapist?
(a) Miss Prestar.
(b) Miss Blanche.
(c) Miss Preston.
(d) Mrs. Preston.

3. To what poor instrument did Sacks compare his injured leg?
(a) The broken saxophone he had kept since childhood.
(b) The dented clarinet he had as a child.
(c) The smashed violin he had as a child.
(d) The cracked cello in his living room.

4. What was Sacks doing when he was finally able to piece together his thoughts?
(a) Driving from Washington, D.C. to Boston.
(b) Riding a train from Philadelphia to New York.
(c) Riding a train from Boston to New York.
(d) Riding in a car from Annapolis to New York.

5. What was the first exercise that Sacks tried to do with the physiotherapist?
(a) Swing his leg to the left.
(b) Lift his leg.
(c) Bend his knee.
(d) Tense up his quadriceps.

Short Answer Questions

1. When riding to the hospital where he would be operated on, Sacks felt dread. How was this different from the dread he had felt on the mountain?

2. When Sacks began to write to Luria, where did Luria live?

3. As Sacks notes at the beginning of the Acknowledgments, what has he done since his injury?

4. How long did Sacks think about his injury before he began writing about it?

5. Shortly after the sun set, what extraordinary auditory experience did Sacks have?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is anosognosis? What problem does this state present to medical researchers?

2. When Sacks's right arm and shoulder were immobilized, what happened? What did this tell him about a person's body image?

3. What is the literary effect of Sacks's description of his injury? Why do you think the injury is not detailed later?

4. During his descent off the mountain, what is Sacks's connection to humanity? How does this contrast to nature's impersonality?

5. Leontev and Zaporozhet's book dealt with two hundred soldiers who suffered hand injuries. What was Sacks's reaction to the book? How did it help his healing process?

6. What distinction does Freud make between types of paralyses? How did the distinction pave the way for a significantly narrow view of neurology?

7. What obvious differences existed between the injuries in Sacks's left leg and his right leg? What was the difference in their effects?

8. How did Sacks treat the warning sign about the bull? What does this reveal about his attitude?

9. During the late afternoon, what silence did Sacks experience? Why was this terrifying?

10. What happened after Sacks tried to catch the bus outside the Kilburn pool? How did this exactly match his previous experiences?

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