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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) Anger.
(b) Inhibitions.
(c) Fear.
(d) Laughter.

2. Who wrote the book which was the model for Sacks's own book?
(a) Conrad.
(b) Luria.
(c) Nietzsche.
(d) Hemingway.

3. What emotion did Sacks see several times on the unguarded face of the physiotherapist?
(a) Disgust.
(b) Sadness.
(c) Pain.
(d) Revulsion.

4. How old was Sacks when he discovered the beauty of the world through the Pythagorean theorem?
(a) Eight.
(b) Five.
(c) Twelve.
(d) Twenty-one.

5. How long did Sacks think about his injury before he began writing about it?
(a) Four years.
(b) Six years.
(c) Eight years.
(d) Ten years.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. Why did Sacks write to A. R. Luria?

3. What would make the state of limbo tolerable?

4. What was the name of the physiotherapist?

5. What was the occasion for this book?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

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

5. Chapter Two begins with the idea that Sacks's story was over. How might the readership have been different if he had actually ended the story here?

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

7. How was Miss Preston, the physiotherapist, more understanding than the surgeon had been? How did her understanding still fall short of the problem?

8. The night before his cast was taken off, Sacks repeatedly dreamed a nightmare. What was this nightmare? How did it reveal the conflict in his mind?

9. All of Chapter Five is devoted to the moment Sacks took his first step. What literary effect does this have on the book?

10. Sacks notes that "body-image is dynamic and plastic" (Afterword, pg 194). What does this mean?

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