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

2. While waiting for villagers to arrive and take him to the hospital, how did Sacks feel?
(a) Thrilled to be alive.
(b) Comfortable and happy.
(c) Worried about the doctor's prognosis.
(d) Anxious.

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

4. Who wrote the book which was the model for Sacks's own book?
(a) Conrad.
(b) Luria.
(c) Nietzsche.
(d) Hemingway.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When was Studies in Neurology published?

2. What word does Sacks use most to describe the bull?

3. What word does Luria use to describe the modern approach to peripheral disorders?

4. What book does Sacks plan to write in the future?

5. When did Sacks write the preface to the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. During the first night in the hospital whom did Sacks see in his dream? How did Sacks live to imitate this person?

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

3. What is the most basic purpose of classical neurology? As can be inferred from the purpose of Sacks's book, how does classical neurology fall short?

4. 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?

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

6. How was Miss Preston, the physiotherapist, more understanding than the surgeon had been? How did her understanding still fall short of the problem?

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

8. What is anosognosis? What problem does this state present to medical researchers?

9. What did Sacks think when he saw his left leg for the first time in two weeks? How did his own thoughts tie into the doctor's summary of the recovery?

10. A large portion of the horror Sacks felt in Limbo was the silence. What other time has Sacks experienced such deep silence? How does this connection contribute to Limbo?

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