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. When was Studies in Neurology published?

2. Essentially, why could Sacks not tense up the quadriceps?

3. Shortly after the sun set, what extraordinary auditory experience did Sacks have?

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

5. Sacks climbed a particular stretch of ground in just over an hour. How long did it take him to descend this same stretch?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who visited Sacks the evening after his operation? Why does he not mention these people again?

2. Through what physical senses does Sacks reenter the world of men?

3. 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?

4. How does the quote at the beginning of Chapter Four compare to Sacks's own words which begin the chapter?

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

6. What was the life voice which Sacks heard on the mountain? How was this voice stronger than his circumstances?

7. While Sacks was lying in his small hospital room, what happened to his eyes? How was this transformation similar to his leg's injury?

8. During his first night out of the hospital, Sacks wept in the doorway of the convalescent home. Briefly summarize his experiences so far to explain the tears.

9. Sacks discovered, to his horror, that his mental and moral boundaries had shrunk to the limits of the hospital. What does this mean? How did this differ from his mindset before the accident?

10. How many patients with neurological disorders did Sacks study following his recovery? What does this number say about the people involved?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What role does sight play in Sacks's story? When is his sight best and worst? What affects his sight? How do his eyes serve as symbols of his leg's injury and recovery?

Essay Topic 3

What vital support did the surgeon take away when he dismissed Sacks's concerns? When was this support returned? How did Sacks change his career so that he could give this particular support to the patients he treated?

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