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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 book does Sacks model his own book after?
(a) The Man with the Shattered World.
(b) The Man with the Shattered Arm.
(c) The Woman with the Shattered Dreams.
(d) The Man in the Shattered Hope.

2. The night after his surgery, what was the first of Sacks's nightmares?
(a) He was being trampled by a fish with hooves.
(b) His injured leg was made of marble and he could not lift it.
(c) He was again on the Mountain and his leg had lost all its nerves.
(d) He was running from the bull but could not move anywhere.

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

4. What emotion did Sacks see several times on the unguarded face of the physiotherapist?
(a) Pain.
(b) Disgust.
(c) Sadness.
(d) Revulsion.

5. What was the primary reason that Sacks and his friends celebrated the evening after his surgery?
(a) Sacks had not died on the operating table.
(b) They were drunk and did not care what they celebrated.
(c) They were alive and together.
(d) Sacks' recovery was expected to take two short months.

Short Answer Questions

1. The night before the operation, Sacks called up his family and friends. What did he tell them could happen if he were to die during the operation?

2. Where did Sacks finish writing his book?

3. What was Luria's response to Sacks's story?

4. Why was Sacks so happy that he could do fifty chin-ups?

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

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. 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?

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

4. What happened after Sacks tried to catch the bus outside the Kilburn pool? How did this exactly match his previous experiences?

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

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

7. What does the detail from Sacks's journal explain? How does this excerpt capture the split between doctor and patient, which is captured in one person?

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

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