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. While waiting for villagers to arrive and take him to the hospital, how did Sacks feel?

2. Why was Sacks grateful to Dr. Henry Fleck?

3. When did Sacks write the preface to the book?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sacks describe his arrival at the convalescent home? What particular words contribute to the picture he draws?

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

3. Leontev and Zaporozhet's book dealt with two hundred soldiers who suffered hand injuries. What was Sacks's reaction to the book? How did it help his healing process?

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

5. What does the detail from Sacks's journal explain? How does this excerpt capture the split between doctor and patient, which is captured in one person?

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

7. What timeline does Sacks establish for the development of neurology? What is still lacking from this branch of science?

8. While in the hospital, Sacks felt morally and physically prostrate before the doctor. How do you think this happened?

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

10. During the late afternoon, what silence did Sacks experience? Why was this terrifying?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Sacks use dialogue throughout the story? How is the dialogue divided among the people in his life? What are the varying tones of the dialogue? What does the use of dialogue contribute to the story?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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