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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. How did Sacks descend the mountain?
(a) By "rowing" with his arms.
(b) By hobbling on his right leg.
(c) By rolling and sliding.
(d) By crawling.

2. When riding to the hospital where he would be operated on, Sacks felt dread. How was this different from the dread he had felt on the mountain?
(a) This dread was deeper than the first.
(b) This dread was fear of man rather than fear of natural consequences.
(c) This dread was distorted and nameless.
(d) This dread was less human and more animalistic.

3. What vital support did the surgeon take away when he dismissed Sacks's concerns?
(a) Human support.
(b) A listening ear.
(c) Empathy.
(d) Professional support.

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

5. Who has written about the "occasions of poetry" (pg 9)?
(a) Thomas Gunn.
(b) Admiral Nelson.
(c) T. S. Eliot.
(d) William Shakespeare.

Short Answer Questions

1. What would make the state of limbo tolerable?

2. What was the primary reason that Sacks and his friends celebrated the evening after his surgery?

3. How long had Sacks been traveling when he came to the swollen stream?

4. The night after his surgery, what was the first of Sacks's nightmares?

5. How has Sacks written the book A Leg to Stand On?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What advice did Sacks's maiden aunt give him? How does this advice come across on the printed page?

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

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

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

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. 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?

9. 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?

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

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