A Leg to Stand On Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. After he fell, what story did Sacks recall the villagers telling him?

2. Who inspired and encouraged Sacks to finish his book?

3. To what did Sacks's various thoughts and themes eventually lead in the end?

4. What is the essential idea of Thomas Mann's quote?

5. How long did it take Sacks to reach the final understanding of his various thoughts?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Sacks treat the warning sign about the bull? What does this reveal about his attitude?

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

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

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

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

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

7. On page 167, how is the account of this man's body-agnosia similar to Sacks'? How is it different?

8. Patients in the hospital are treated with fear and sometimes horror by the healthy people who visit them. Using Sacks's thoughts, what might be the reason for this?

9. Through what physical senses does Sacks reenter the world of men?

10. How was Miss Preston, the physiotherapist, more understanding than the surgeon had been? How did her understanding still fall short of the problem?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As Sacks was being pressured to begin walking, what miracle occurred? How was this miracle the same thing he had been working toward since his accident?

Essay Topic 2

On what did Sacks pin his hopes of recovery? How does this describe his mentality? How does it describe his attitude?

Essay Topic 3

What role does sight play in Sacks's story? When is his sight best and worst? What affects his sight? How do his eyes serve as symbols of his leg's injury and recovery?

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