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

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

3. What would happen if Sacks were not found by nightfall?
(a) He would freeze to death.
(b) He would most likely go crazy.
(c) The bull would trample him to death.
(d) He would die of blood loss.

4. What time did Sacks hope to reach the mountain's summit?
(a) Noon.
(b) Two o'clock PM.
(c) Eleven o'clock AM.
(d) Nine o'clock AM.

5. As Sacks notes at the beginning of the Acknowledgments, what has he done since his injury?
(a) Investigated current neuropsychological practice.
(b) Strengthened his legs so he could hike again.
(c) Written two other books about medical phenomena.
(d) Interviewed hundreds of similar patients.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Sacks began to write to Luria, where did Luria live?

2. Shortly after the sun set, what extraordinary auditory experience did Sacks have?

3. How did Sacks splint his leg?

4. What did Sacks hope to see when he reached the mountain's summit?

5. What did Sacks find astonishing about his wound?

Short Essay Questions

1. While in the hospital, Sacks felt morally and physically prostrate before the doctor. How do you think this happened?

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

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

4. How does Sacks describe his arrival at the convalescent home? What particular words contribute to the picture he draws?

5. 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?

6. How did Sacks move from the world of freedom into the world of the hospital? How might this have contributed to his thought that the operation on the following day would actually be an execution?

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

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

9. 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?

10. Who visited Sacks the evening after his operation? Why does he not mention these people again?

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