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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 does Sacks describe the six-hour ambulance ride to the next hospital?
(a) Like resurrection.
(b) Like a dream.
(c) Like the embodiment of hope.
(d) Like death.

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

3. Where did Sacks's accident occur?
(a) On a mountain in Finland.
(b) In the hills of Germany.
(c) In the Swiss Alps.
(d) On a mountain in Norway.

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

5. When did Sacks begin writing to Luria?
(a) 1983.
(b) 1955.
(c) 1973.
(d) 1977.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Luria's response to Sacks's story?

2. What is the essential idea of Thomas Mann's quote?

3. Why did the staff nurse laugh at Sacks when he arrived in his room?

4. When Nurse Solveig returned to take out Sacks's thermometer, what emotion did she convey?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. During his first night out of the hospital, Sacks wept in the doorway of the convalescent home. Briefly summarize his experiences so far to explain the tears.

3. Sacks notes that "body-image is dynamic and plastic" (Afterword, pg 194). What does this mean?

4. At the beginning of Chapter One, Sacks quotes Thomas Mann to say that the silent world receives and tolerates man but always remains menacing (pg 1). How does this relate to Sacks's experience in the world?

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

6. During his descent off the mountain, what is Sacks's connection to humanity? How does this contrast to nature's impersonality?

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

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

9. 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?

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

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