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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 would make the state of limbo tolerable?
(a) The concern of a fellow person in limbo.
(b) The ability to communicate with others.
(c) The ability to examine one's own thoughts.
(d) The knowledge of an end to this state.

2. What word does Luria use to describe the modern approach to peripheral disorders?
(a) Ill-advised.
(b) Uninformed.
(c) Empathetic.
(d) Veterinary.

3. What time did Sacks hope to reach the mountain's summit?
(a) Noon.
(b) Eleven o'clock AM.
(c) Two o'clock PM.
(d) Nine o'clock AM.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How long did Sacks think about his injury before he began writing about it?

2. How did Sacks splint his leg?

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

4. What emotion did Sacks see several times on the unguarded face of the physiotherapist?

5. What role did Mary-Kay Wilmers play in Sacks's recovery?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. What timeline does Sacks establish for the development of neurology? What is still lacking from this branch of science?

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

10. 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?

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