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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 did not have to get out of bed to exercise.
(b) Only fifteen hours earlier, he had been delirious with fever.
(c) He wanted to impress the nurse.
(d) If his torso were strong again, his legs would regain strength more quickly.

2. What was Luria's response to Sacks's story?
(a) Such effects are widely studied in the medical field.
(b) Fascinating but not completely useful to modern doctors.
(c) Such effects rarely ever occur.
(d) Such effects often happen but the stories are not told.

3. What was the name of the physiotherapist?
(a) Miss Blanche.
(b) Mrs. Preston.
(c) Miss Prestar.
(d) Miss Preston.

4. Why did Sacks have strong legs?
(a) He was a veteran hiker.
(b) He swam regularly.
(c) He ran marathons.
(d) He had worked out at the gym for many years.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In order to escape being caught on the mountain all night, what was the latest possible time Sacks could reach help?

2. What was the public reaction to Sacks's first article about his leg?

3. How does Sacks describe the six-hour ambulance ride to the next hospital?

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

5. How long did Sacks wait before villagers carried him to the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Sacks's description of the Caster, Mr. Enoch, is amusingly melodramatic and terrified. In your opinion, why was Sacks scared of Mr. Enoch?

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

4. What was the life voice which Sacks heard on the mountain? How was this voice stronger than his circumstances?

5. 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?

6. During his first night out of the hospital, Sacks wept in the doorway of the convalescent home. Briefly summarize his experiences so far to explain the tears.

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

8. What meals does Sacks describe most from his time in the hospital? What do these meals say about his frame of mind at each time?

9. While Sacks was lying in his small hospital room, what happened to his eyes? How was this transformation similar to his leg's injury?

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

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