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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 does Sacks think of when he remembers the Biblical words, "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time or die; a time . . ." (pg 26)?
(a) The futility of life.
(b) His patients who were prepared for death.
(c) His wife's untimely death.
(d) The waste of good health and energy.

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

3. What is the title of Chapter One?
(a) The Beginning.
(b) The Mountain.
(c) The Bull.
(d) The Fall.

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

5. What vital support did the surgeon take away when he dismissed Sacks's concerns?
(a) Empathy.
(b) Professional support.
(c) Human support.
(d) A listening ear.

Short Answer Questions

1. Shortly after the sun set, what extraordinary auditory experience did Sacks have?

2. To what did Sacks's various thoughts and themes eventually lead in the end?

3. When was Studies in Neurology published?

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

5. How long did it take Sacks to reach the final understanding of his various thoughts?

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. While descending the mountain, what vision did Sacks cling to? Why do you think this was the picture he chose?

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

4. How did Sacks become the music which he heard in his head? How might this have saved him?

5. Leontev and Zaporozhet's book dealt with two hundred soldiers who suffered hand injuries. What was Sacks's reaction to the book? How did it help his healing process?

6. 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?

7. How does Sacks describe the bull? How does this description show his change of heart from the time he read the warning sign?

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

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

10. 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?

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