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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 time of day did Sacks awake from his feverish delirium?
(a) Late afternoon.
(b) Evening.
(c) Near midnight.
(d) Early morning.

2. Following the surgery, how did Sacks's cast fit his leg?
(a) The leg fit nearly perfectly in the cast.
(b) He could put his entire fist between his leg and the cast.
(c) The leg was horribly swollen in the cast.
(d) He could put two fingers between his leg and the cas.

3. To what did Sacks's various thoughts and themes eventually lead in the end?
(a) A reaffirmation of modern neurological medicin.
(b) A deeper understanding of the patient-doctor relationship.
(c) A personal, religious faith.
(d) A critique of modern neurological medicine.

4. What book of the Bible does Sacks quote at the beginning of Chapter Three?
(a) Job.
(b) Proverbs.
(c) Ecclesiastes.
(d) Psalms.

5. What was the name of the surgeon who performed Sacks's knee surgery?
(a) Sleeks.
(b) Sparrow.
(c) Goose.
(d) Swan.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who inspired and encouraged Sacks to finish his book?

2. What was the date when Sacks climbed the mountain?

3. Where did Sacks finish writing his book?

4. What did Sacks think when he woke from the surgery?

5. Why did Sacks have strong legs?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

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

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. What paradoxical command did Sacks find while he was in Limbo? How do you think this contrasted with his previous way of living?

7. During the late afternoon, what silence did Sacks experience? Why was this terrifying?

8. 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?

9. How does Sacks think of his injury and recovery? Is this what you might have expected?

10. How many patients with neurological disorders did Sacks study following his recovery? What does this number say about the people involved?

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