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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 time of day did Sacks awake from his feverish delirium?
(a) Late afternoon.
(b) Evening.
(c) Early morning.
(d) Near midnight.

2. What analogy does Sacks use to describe his left leg's failure during therapy?
(a) A cliff with an impossibly smooth face.
(b) A flat pasture with lazy cows.
(c) A city with deserted streets.
(d) A car with an empty gas tank.

3. What was the public reaction to Sacks's first article about his leg?
(a) Indifference.
(b) He does not say.
(c) Confusion.
(d) Indignation.

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

5. What word does Sacks use most to describe the bull?
(a) Vicious.
(b) Strong.
(c) Angry.
(d) Hideous.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Sacks find astonishing about his wound?

2. When was Studies in Neurology published?

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

4. What would make the state of limbo tolerable?

5. When did Sacks begin writing to Luria?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. With what quote does Sacks begin Chapter Three? How does this set the tone for the entire chapter?

3. When Sacks's right arm and shoulder were immobilized, what happened? What did this tell him about a person's body image?

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

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. 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?

7. What advice did Sacks's maiden aunt give him? How does this advice come across on the printed page?

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

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

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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