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. Since his accident, what has Sacks been aware of?

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

3. In what publication did Sacks's first article about his injury appear?

4. When did Sacks begin writing to Luria?

5. How did Sacks meet the bull?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Sacks was in the hospital, why did he hesitate to write about his experience? What mindset change enabled him to write?

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

3. When touching his left leg for the first time after surgery, what did Sacks feel? How does his description of this moment pave the way for the truth about the leg?

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

5. How does Sacks describe his first few steps? How might this description be applied to another time in life, one which has never been described?

6. What meals does Sacks describe most from his time in the hospital? What do these meals say about his frame of mind at each time?

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

8. During his descent off the mountain, what is Sacks's connection to humanity? How does this contrast to nature's impersonality?

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. What did Sacks think when he saw his left leg for the first time in two weeks? How did his own thoughts tie into the doctor's summary of the recovery?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How does Sacks describe his first ten minutes of walking again (Chapter Five, pgs 123-24)? How did this return him to the moment of humanity? How does this compare to Donne's quote at the beginning of Chapter Two?

Essay Topic 2

What would have made the state of Limbo tolerable? What parts did the ideas of "hole" and "Hell" play in this state? Did scotoma lead to Limbo or explain it?

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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