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. What language was the sign "BEWARE OF THE BULL!" written in?

2. When Sacks began to write to Luria, where did Luria live?

3. Essentially, why could Sacks not tense up the quadriceps?

4. Where did Sacks finish writing his book?

5. What word does Luria use to describe the modern approach to peripheral disorders?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Sacks discovered, to his horror, that his mental and moral boundaries had shrunk to the limits of the hospital. What does this mean? How did this differ from his mindset before the accident?

6. Sacks notes that "body-image is dynamic and plastic" (Afterword, pg 194). What does this mean?

7. 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?

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

9. All of Chapter Five is devoted to the moment Sacks took his first step. What literary effect does this have on the book?

10. How does Sacks think of his injury and recovery? Is this what you might have expected?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the main point of A Leg to Stand On? In other words, what does Sacks most want his readers to learn? How does he illustrate or argue for this point throughout the book?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the world of the convalescent home. How did Sacks change and grow stronger here? What did he learn about himself? How did the convalescent home allow him to approach the world again?

Essay Topic 3

What two distinctions did Sacks make for his attitudes while he was in Limbo? How were these distinctions borne out throughout his recovery (though he didn't allude to them so obviously after his time in Limbo)?

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