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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. Where did Sacks's accident occur?
2. While waiting for villagers to arrive and take him to the hospital, how did Sacks feel?
3. After he fell, what story did Sacks recall the villagers telling him?
4. What did Sacks hope to see when he reached the mountain's summit?
5. How long did Sacks wait before villagers carried him to the hospital?
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. 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. What is anosognosis? What problem does this state present to medical researchers?
4. What is the most basic purpose of classical neurology? As can be inferred from the purpose of Sacks's book, how does classical neurology fall short?
5. The night before his cast was taken off, Sacks repeatedly dreamed a nightmare. What was this nightmare? How did it reveal the conflict in his mind?
6. During his descent off the mountain, what is Sacks's connection to humanity? How does this contrast to nature's impersonality?
7. Chapter Two begins with the idea that Sacks's story was over. How might the readership have been different if he had actually ended the story here?
8. 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?
9. How much time does Dr. Swan spend with Sacks prior to the operation? How does this foretell his interactions with Sacks following the operation?
10. To whom did Sacks dedicate the book A Leg to Stand On? Why might he have chosen this person?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
What was Sacks's opinion of his leg while it was in the cast? Why did he have this opinion? Given what he says about his second injury some ten years later, how might he have changed this errant perception of his left leg in a cast?
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