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. How did Sacks descend the mountain?

2. What was the name of the physiotherapist?

3. To what poor instrument did Sacks compare his injured leg?

4. What was Sacks doing when he was finally able to piece together his thoughts?

5. What was the first exercise that Sacks tried to do with the physiotherapist?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. What distinction does Freud make between types of paralyses? How did the distinction pave the way for a significantly narrow view of neurology?

7. What obvious differences existed between the injuries in Sacks's left leg and his right leg? What was the difference in their effects?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Sacks says that during his descent from the mountain, his awkward way of moving became natural (Chapter One, pg 10). He stopped thinking about it as the action became automatic. In what ways is this phenomenon exhibited throughout the book?

Essay Topic 3

How does Sacks use dialogue throughout the story? How is the dialogue divided among the people in his life? What are the varying tones of the dialogue? What does the use of dialogue contribute to the story?

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