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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. Shortly after the sun set, what extraordinary auditory experience did Sacks have?
(a) He could hear every living creature in the area.
(b) He could no longer hear himself.
(c) He could hear the movement of the plants around him.
(d) He could not hear anything outside himself.

2. What other word is connoted by the word "hell"?
(a) Hellish.
(b) Helplessness.
(c) Help.
(d) Hole.

3. Why did Sacks have strong legs?
(a) He swam regularly.
(b) He ran marathons.
(c) He was a veteran hiker.
(d) He had worked out at the gym for many years.

4. To what poor instrument did Sacks compare his injured leg?
(a) The dented clarinet he had as a child.
(b) The broken saxophone he had kept since childhood.
(c) The smashed violin he had as a child.
(d) The cracked cello in his living room.

5. When Sacks began to write to Luria, where did Luria live?
(a) Moscow.
(b) Berlin.
(c) Oslo.
(d) Madrid.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What was the first exercise that Sacks tried to do with the physiotherapist?

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

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

5. What did Sacks think about as he moved down the mountain?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. The night before his cast was taken off, Sacks repeatedly dreamed a nightmare. What was this nightmare? How did it reveal the conflict in his mind?

6. Sacks says that simply his ability to stand changed the world and his place in it. How did this happen?

7. 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?

8. While in the hospital, Sacks felt morally and physically prostrate before the doctor. How do you think this happened?

9. While Sacks was lying in his small hospital room, what happened to his eyes? How was this transformation similar to his leg's injury?

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

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