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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. What was Luria's response to Sacks's story?
(a) Such effects often happen but the stories are not told.
(b) Fascinating but not completely useful to modern doctors.
(c) Such effects are widely studied in the medical field.
(d) Such effects rarely ever occur.

2. After a temporary cast was put on the leg, what dream did Sacks have?
(a) The leg was covered with a layer of steel.
(b) The leg was made of bricks and mortar.
(c) The leg was being squeezed in a vice.
(d) The leg was made of cloud vapor.

3. How long had Sacks been traveling when he came to the swollen stream?
(a) He did not know.
(b) Half an hour.
(c) Two hours.
(d) Four hours.

4. What did not occur to Sacks until he injured his leg?
(a) That the bull might be following him.
(b) How utterly alone he was.
(c) That he had forgotten to take extra water.
(d) How far he had climbed up the mountain before falling.

5. Who inspired and encouraged Sacks to finish his book?
(a) His son.
(b) His wife.
(c) His best friend.
(d) His editors.

Short Answer Questions

1. What emotion did Sacks see several times on the unguarded face of the physiotherapist?

2. What did Sacks hope to see when he reached the mountain's summit?

3. The night before the operation, Sacks called up his family and friends. What did he tell them could happen if he were to die during the operation?

4. What language was the sign "BEWARE OF THE BULL!" written in?

5. Why did Sacks dedicate his book to Luria?

Short Essay Questions

1. At his arrival to the Odda hospital, what was Sacks's experience with Nurse Solveig? How did this exemplify the prostration he began to feel in the hospital?

2. What meals does Sacks describe most from his time in the hospital? What do these meals say about his frame of mind at each time?

3. To whom did Sacks dedicate the book A Leg to Stand On? Why might he have chosen this person?

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

5. Through what physical senses does Sacks reenter the world of men?

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

7. How much time does Dr. Swan spend with Sacks prior to the operation? How does this foretell his interactions with Sacks following the operation?

8. How many patients with neurological disorders did Sacks study following his recovery? What does this number say about the people involved?

9. What was the life voice which Sacks heard on the mountain? How was this voice stronger than his circumstances?

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

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