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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 was the occasion for this book?
(a) The study of an unusual patient.
(b) An accident with peculiar effects.
(c) An accident with expected effects.
(d) Reading a book about an unusual patient.

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

3. What was the first exercise that Sacks tried to do with the physiotherapist?
(a) Swing his leg to the left.
(b) Lift his leg.
(c) Tense up his quadriceps.
(d) Bend his knee.

4. How does Sacks describe the six-hour ambulance ride to the next hospital?
(a) Like death.
(b) Like the embodiment of hope.
(c) Like a dream.
(d) Like resurrection.

5. When was Studies in Neurology published?
(a) 1930.
(b) 1920.
(c) 1910.
(d) 1940.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Sacks splint his leg?

2. What would make the state of limbo tolerable?

3. What was the name of the physiotherapist?

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

5. What other word is connoted by the word "hell"?

Short Essay Questions

1. While descending the mountain, what vision did Sacks cling to? Why do you think this was the picture he chose?

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

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. What distinction does Freud make between types of paralyses? How did the distinction pave the way for a significantly narrow view of neurology?

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

6. 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?

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

8. How does the quote at the beginning of Chapter Four compare to Sacks's own words which begin the chapter?

9. What obvious differences existed between the injuries in Sacks's left leg and his right leg? What was the difference in their effects?

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

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