Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
"We have art, in order that we may not perish from the truth" (Nietzsche, Chapter Three, pg 89). Why did Sacks believe this? How did he incorporate this idea into his recovery?
Write full personality sketches of these three people: Nurse Solveig, Dr. Swan, and Miss Preston. What role does each person play in the recovery? What is Sacks's opinion of each? In what ways does each person hinder or help Sacks?
How did Sacks achieve the certainty which "bypassed the most complex mathematics" (Chapter Five, pg 121)? Was there any element of divinity in this certainty? How did this certainty relate to his idea of the world as a whole?
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