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 town's hospital was Sacks taken to first?

2. What was the primary reason that Sacks decided not to yell a second time?

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

4. What did Sacks think when he woke from the surgery?

5. What did Sacks find astonishing about his wound?

Short Essay Questions

1. While descending the mountain, what vision did Sacks cling to? Why do you think this was the picture he chose?

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

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

4. How does Sacks describe the bull? How does this description show his change of heart from the time he read the warning sign?

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Note Dr. Swan's attitude toward Sacks's injury compared to Sacks's attitude. How do they differ? In Sacks's attitude toward his own injury, what are the elements of a physician? What are the elements of a patient? What does he think of Dr. Swan's professional opinion?

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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