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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 town's hospital was Sacks taken to first?
(a) Odda's.
(b) Oslo's.
(c) Bergen's.
(d) London's.

2. What was the primary reason that Sacks decided not to yell a second time?
(a) He was afraid of angering the bull.
(b) He was too thirsty to yell very loudly.
(c) He was about ten miles away from the village.
(d) He needed to conserve his strength.

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

4. What analogy does Sacks use to describe his left leg's failure during therapy?
(a) A cliff with an impossibly smooth face.
(b) A flat pasture with lazy cows.
(c) A city with deserted streets.
(d) A car with an empty gas tank.

5. How long did it take Sacks to reach the final understanding of his various thoughts?
(a) Several years.
(b) Nearly a decade.
(c) One year.
(d) Half a year.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the first exercise that Sacks tried to do with the physiotherapist?

2. How is the material in the last chapter presented?

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. Who wrote the book which was the model for Sacks's own book?

5. When the father and his son rescued Sacks, what had they been doing just a moment before?

Short Essay Questions

1. As Sacks began to regain freedom and move around the hospital, he frequently mentioned natural elements: the birds, sun, and wind. Given what you know of his personality, why are these things important?

2. Sacks's description of the Caster, Mr. Enoch, is amusingly melodramatic and terrified. In your opinion, why was Sacks scared of Mr. Enoch?

3. How does Sacks describe his first few steps? How might this description be applied to another time in life, one which has never been described?

4. 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?

5. Patients in the hospital are treated with fear and sometimes horror by the healthy people who visit them. Using Sacks's thoughts, what might be the reason for this?

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. 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?

8. What differences exist between the 1993 edition of the book and the previous editions? Without having read the previous edition, do you think these changes are positive?

9. When Sacks was in the hospital, why did he hesitate to write about his experience? What mindset change enabled him to write?

10. How did Sacks become the music which he heard in his head? How might this have saved him?

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