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. Why did the staff nurse laugh at Sacks when he arrived in his room?

2. What name did Sacks give his windowless hospital room?

3. After a temporary cast was put on the leg, what dream did Sacks have?

4. What book does Sacks model his own book after?

5. What book does Sacks plan to write in the future?

Short Essay Questions

1. How much time does Dr. Swan spend with Sacks prior to the operation? How does this foretell his interactions with Sacks following the operation?

2. What did Sacks do when he finally wanted to escape the convalescent home? How did the woman he met treat him differently than the hospital nurses had?

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

4. What differences exist between the 1993 edition of the book and the previous editions? Without having read the previous edition, do you think these changes are positive?

5. What happened after Sacks tried to catch the bus outside the Kilburn pool? How did this exactly match his previous experiences?

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

7. 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?

8. Sacks says that simply his ability to stand changed the world and his place in it. How did this happen?

9. Chapter Two begins with the idea that Sacks's story was over. How might the readership have been different if he had actually ended the story here?

10. 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?

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

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 3

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

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