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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did one of the surgical registrars refer to being a patient?
(a) As a test of patience.
(b) As an opportunity.
(c) As a long trek into the light.
(d) As a pilgrimage.

2. What advantage did the mystics and metaphysical poets offer?
(a) Vivid pictures of the abstract concepts which Sacks sought.
(b) Hope without a specific religion.
(c) Deep expressions of despair.
(d) Beautiful language to express hope.

3. When Sacks talks about the hole in memory and identity, what is he referring to (Afterword, pg 200)?
(a) A hole in the primary consciousness.
(b) A hole in his sense of selfhood.
(c) A hole in the higher-order consciousness.
(d) A hole in his subconscious understanding of the world.

4. Once he began walking again, what time had arrived for Sacks?
(a) The time for thinking.
(b) The time for community.
(c) The time for great changes.
(d) The time for doing.

5. As noted at the end of Chapter Three, what did Sacks begin to do?
(a) Look to other people for emotional and spiritual support.
(b) Put his faith in mysticism.
(c) Turn away from hope to despair.
(d) Address himself to the "Thou" of the Psalms.

Short Answer Questions

1. While watching the surgery on his right leg, what time does Sacks remember?

2. Sacks was excited about buying books written by a man named Head. What was the author's first name?

3. How does Sack describe his thoughts during the first moments of standing again?

4. Sacks references a chapter in Luria's book The Man with a Shattered World that profoundly affected his thoughts about recovery. What was the name of this chapter?

5. Following the book fair, why did Sacks take the slow train from Boston to New York?

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