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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 long did Sacks wait before villagers carried him to the hospital?
(a) Less than four hours.
(b) Half an hour.
(c) Less than two hours.
(d) Nearly six hours.

2. How is the material in the last chapter presented?
(a) Randomly.
(b) Systematically.
(c) Concisely.
(d) Poetically.

3. What was the occasion for this book?
(a) An accident with peculiar effects.
(b) The study of an unusual patient.
(c) Reading a book about an unusual patient.
(d) An accident with expected effects.

4. What did Sacks feel as he was being admitted to the hospital?
(a) That he was losing his humanity and individuality.
(b) That he was reaching the purity of non-being.
(c) That he was finally reaching a place of hope.
(d) That he was approaching the gallows.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When was Studies in Neurology published?

3. Why did Sacks write to A. R. Luria?

4. Shortly after the sun set, what extraordinary auditory experience did Sacks have?

5. How did Sacks splint his leg?

Short Essay Questions

1. What paradoxical command did Sacks find while he was in Limbo? How do you think this contrasted with his previous way of living?

2. What differences exist between the 1993 edition of the book and the previous editions? Without having read the previous edition, do you think these changes are positive?

3. Sacks's description of the Caster, Mr. Enoch, is amusingly melodramatic and terrified. In your opinion, why was Sacks scared of Mr. Enoch?

4. 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?

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

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

7. How many patients with neurological disorders did Sacks study following his recovery? What does this number say about the people involved?

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

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

10. 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?

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