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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 was Sacks doing when he was finally able to piece together his thoughts?
(a) Riding in a car from Annapolis to New York.
(b) Riding a train from Boston to New York.
(c) Driving from Washington, D.C. to Boston.
(d) Riding a train from Philadelphia to New York.

2. What did Sacks hope to see when he reached the mountain's summit?
(a) The bull that lived there.
(b) A good view of the surrounding mountains.
(c) A good view of the city.
(d) The temple at the top.

3. Why did Sacks dedicate his book to Luria?
(a) Because Luria was a mentor during medical school.
(b) Because Luria pioneered a deeper, revolutionary medicine.
(c) Because Luria led him out of the darkness.
(d) Because Luria's book deeply changed his view of neurological illnesses.

4. 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.

5. What instrument did Sacks have for listening to music?
(a) A record player.
(b) An MP3 player.
(c) A small radio.
(d) A clarinet.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the occasion for this book?

2. What time of day did Sacks awake from his feverish delirium?

3. How did Sacks descend the mountain?

4. Where did Sacks finish writing his book?

5. 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)?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who visited Sacks the evening after his operation? Why does he not mention these people again?

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

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

8. How did Sacks move from the world of freedom into the world of the hospital? How might this have contributed to his thought that the operation on the following day would actually be an execution?

9. 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?

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

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