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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. Sacks climbed a particular stretch of ground in just over an hour. How long did it take him to descend this same stretch?
(a) Half an hour.
(b) Three hours.
(c) Nearly seven hours.
(d) Two hours.

2. When Nurse Solveig returned to take out Sacks's thermometer, what emotion did she convey?
(a) Rage.
(b) Pity.
(c) Concern.
(d) Disinterest.

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

4. What instrument did Sacks have for listening to music?
(a) A record player.
(b) An MP3 player.
(c) A clarinet.
(d) A small radio.

5. What name did Sacks give his windowless hospital room?
(a) The Tower.
(b) Big Ease.
(c) The Monad.
(d) Little Ease.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was Sacks so happy that he could do fifty chin-ups?

2. When was Studies in Neurology published?

3. What is the essential idea of Thomas Mann's quote?

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

5. What book of the Bible does Sacks quote at the beginning of Chapter Three?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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. 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 did Sacks do when he finally wanted to escape the convalescent home? How did the woman he met treat him differently than the hospital nurses had?

8. How does Sacks think of his injury and recovery? Is this what you might have expected?

9. What is the most basic purpose of classical neurology? As can be inferred from the purpose of Sacks's book, how does classical neurology fall short?

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

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