A Leg to Stand On Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did one of the surgical registrars refer to being a patient?

2. Why did Sacks refer to the doctor's visits as "odious" (Chapter Six, pg 159)?

3. When Sacks gave thanks for his health and recovery, what was most important about that action?

4. What group of people did Weir Mitchell write about?

5. What was the name of the convalescent home where Sacks recovered?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

"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?

Essay Topic 3

What is the main point of A Leg to Stand On? In other words, what does Sacks most want his readers to learn? How does he illustrate or argue for this point throughout the book?

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