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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 did Sacks experience with the father and son, which he had not experienced all day?
(a) Laughter.
(b) Inhibitions.
(c) Anger.
(d) Fear.

2. Why did Sacks dedicate his book to Luria?
(a) Because Luria's book deeply changed his view of neurological illnesses.
(b) Because Luria was a mentor during medical school.
(c) Because Luria led him out of the darkness.
(d) Because Luria pioneered a deeper, revolutionary medicine.

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

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

5. When was Studies in Neurology published?
(a) 1910.
(b) 1930.
(c) 1920.
(d) 1940.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the public reaction to Sacks's first article about his leg?

2. What analogy does Sacks refer to as he draws the relationship between science and art?

3. When did Sacks write the preface to the book?

4. What was Sacks doing when he was finally able to piece together his thoughts?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What paradoxical command did Sacks find while he was in Limbo? How do you think this contrasted with his previous way of living?

3. Sacks discovered, to his horror, that his mental and moral boundaries had shrunk to the limits of the hospital. What does this mean? How did this differ from his mindset before the accident?

4. What timeline does Sacks establish for the development of neurology? What is still lacking from this branch of science?

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

6. How did Sacks move from the world of freedom into the world of the hospital? How might this have contributed to his thought that the operation on the following day would actually be an execution?

7. 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?

8. On page 167, how is the account of this man's body-agnosia similar to Sacks'? How is it different?

9. Who visited Sacks the evening after his operation? Why does he not mention these people again?

10. How does the quote at the beginning of Chapter Four compare to Sacks's own words which begin the chapter?

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