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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. How long did Sacks wait before villagers carried him to the hospital?
(a) Nearly six hours.
(b) Half an hour.
(c) Less than four hours.
(d) Less than two hours.

2. How long did it take Sacks to reach the final understanding of his various thoughts?
(a) Nearly a decade.
(b) Half a year.
(c) Several years.
(d) One year.

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

4. What name did Sacks give his windowless hospital room?
(a) Little Ease.
(b) The Tower.
(c) Big Ease.
(d) The Monad.

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who came up with the phrase "quickening art" which described Sacks's use of music to move down the mountain?

2. What is the title of Chapter One?

3. What was the primary reason that Sacks and his friends celebrated the evening after his surgery?

4. When did Sacks begin writing to Luria?

5. What was the main injury that Sacks was able to identify?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the literary effect of Sacks's description of his injury? Why do you think the injury is not detailed later?

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

3. All of Chapter Five is devoted to the moment Sacks took his first step. What literary effect does this have on the book?

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

5. On page 167, how is the account of this man's body-agnosia similar to Sacks'? How is it different?

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

7. When touching his left leg for the first time after surgery, what did Sacks feel? How does his description of this moment pave the way for the truth about the leg?

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

9. What obvious differences existed between the injuries in Sacks's left leg and his right leg? What was the difference in their effects?

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

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