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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 book does Sacks model his own book after?
(a) The Man in the Shattered Hope.
(b) The Woman with the Shattered Dreams.
(c) The Man with the Shattered Arm.
(d) The Man with the Shattered World.

2. How has Sacks written the book A Leg to Stand On?
(a) As a prose poem.
(b) As a novel or short story.
(c) As an autobiography.
(d) As an expose.

3. While waiting for villagers to arrive and take him to the hospital, how did Sacks feel?
(a) Anxious.
(b) Thrilled to be alive.
(c) Worried about the doctor's prognosis.
(d) Comfortable and happy.

4. How long had Sacks been traveling when he came to the swollen stream?
(a) Four hours.
(b) Two hours.
(c) Half an hour.
(d) He did not know.

5. Who came up with the phrase "quickening art" which described Sacks's use of music to move down the mountain?
(a) Kant.
(b) Nietzsche.
(c) Pavlov.
(d) Harvey.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What was the primary reason that Sacks decided not to yell a second time?

3. How did Sacks descend the mountain?

4. In order to escape being caught on the mountain all night, what was the latest possible time Sacks could reach help?

5. How is the material in the last chapter presented?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is anosognosis? What problem does this state present to medical researchers?

2. As Sacks began to regain freedom and move around the hospital, he frequently mentioned natural elements: the birds, sun, and wind. Given what you know of his personality, why are these things important?

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

4. During the late afternoon, what silence did Sacks experience? Why was this terrifying?

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

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

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

8. 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?

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. 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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