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 name did Sacks give his windowless hospital room?

2. How is the material in the last chapter presented?

3. What did Sacks experience with the father and son, which he had not experienced all day?

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

5. How long did Sacks think about his injury before he began writing about it?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. At the beginning of Chapter One, Sacks quotes Thomas Mann to say that the silent world receives and tolerates man but always remains menacing (pg 1). How does this relate to Sacks's experience in the world?

5. What advice did Sacks's maiden aunt give him? How does this advice come across on the printed page?

6. With what quote does Sacks begin Chapter Three? How does this set the tone for the entire chapter?

7. What is the literary effect of Sacks's description of his injury? Why do you think the injury is not detailed later?

8. 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?

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

10. During the first night in the hospital whom did Sacks see in his dream? How did Sacks live to imitate this person?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write full personality sketches of these three people: Nurse Solveig, Dr. Swan, and Miss Preston. What role does each person play in the recovery? What is Sacks's opinion of each? In what ways does each person hinder or help Sacks?

Essay Topic 2

How often does Sacks talk about or subtly reveal the dichotomy between his medical education and his experience as a patient? How does this honesty contribute to his persona as a writer?

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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