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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 other word is connoted by the word "hell"?
(a) Hellish.
(b) Help.
(c) Helplessness.
(d) Hole.

2. Why was Sacks so happy that he could do fifty chin-ups?
(a) He wanted to impress the nurse.
(b) He did not have to get out of bed to exercise.
(c) If his torso were strong again, his legs would regain strength more quickly.
(d) Only fifteen hours earlier, he had been delirious with fever.

3. Following the surgery, how did Sacks's cast fit his leg?
(a) He could put his entire fist between his leg and the cast.
(b) The leg fit nearly perfectly in the cast.
(c) He could put two fingers between his leg and the cas.
(d) The leg was horribly swollen in the cast.

4. What did Sacks think about as he moved down the mountain?
(a) Happy memories and times.
(b) The most heart-wrenching moments of his life.
(c) His father's vegetable garden.
(d) What little time he had left to live.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who has written about the "occasions of poetry" (pg 9)?

2. To what poor instrument did Sacks compare his injured leg?

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

4. In what publication did Sacks's first article about his injury appear?

5. What was the occasion for this book?

Short Essay Questions

1. With what quote does Sacks begin Chapter Three? How does this set the tone for the entire chapter?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. During the late afternoon, what silence did Sacks experience? Why was this terrifying?

6. Sacks says that simply his ability to stand changed the world and his place in it. How did this happen?

7. How did Sacks treat the warning sign about the bull? What does this reveal about his attitude?

8. How does Sacks describe the bull? How does this description show his change of heart from the time he read the warning sign?

9. When Sacks's right arm and shoulder were immobilized, what happened? What did this tell him about a person's body image?

10. When touching his left leg for the first time after surgery, what did Sacks feel? How does his description of this moment pave the way for the truth about the leg?

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