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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Before he took a step, what visual problem did Sacks have?
(a) He could not see his feet.
(b) He could not judge objects or distances.
(c) The floor looked closer than it actually was.
(d) He could not distinguish colors.

2. As Sacks returned to his room, what was the weather like?
(a) Dark and stormy.
(b) Sunny and warm.
(c) Lightly snowing.
(d) Chilly and wet.

3. Why did Sacks refer to the doctor's visits as "odious" (Chapter Six, pg 159)?
(a) He preferred to be the doctor as the patient.
(b) He had to play the part of the accepting, passive patient.
(c) The doctor was unusually harsh with him.
(d) He did not trust or like the doctor.

4. According to Head, when dealing with body alienation, what is of "fundamental importance" (Chapter Seven, pg 200)?
(a) A clear chronology.
(b) An understanding of the factors involved in recovery.
(c) A thorough understanding of the emotions involved.
(d) A detailed description of the medical circumstances.

5. In the convalescent home, what did Sacks's first breakfast partner find amusing?
(a) The jokes of the serving nurses.
(b) Everything about the world.
(c) The irony of their respective leg injuries.
(d) Sacks' situation.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Sacks find beauty as well as fear in darkness?

2. When Sacks talks about the hole in memory and identity, what is he referring to (Afterword, pg 200)?

3. How does a person suffering from alienation of a limb think about that part of his body?

4. During his recovery, what did Sacks decide was the most important thing of all?

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

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