Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

David Eagleman
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At what age does Mike May lose his vision?
(a) 7.
(b) 5.
(c) 12.
(d) 3.

2. How does May first react to his new sight?
(a) He blinds himself again.
(b) He is unable to make sense of what he sees.
(c) He is elated and awed.
(d) Since he had seen when he was younger, it was no big deal.

3. How does one device "show" a blind person his/her proximity to objects?
(a) It gives a slight electrical shock to the person's arm where it is attached.
(b) It pushes the person in one direction or another when it senses an obstacle.
(c) It uses a series of electrodes on the back that pulsed in different ways according to the person's proximity to objects.
(d) It beeps when its sensors notice an object in the person's path.

4. What does an experiment that has people associate words such as "like" or "dislike" measure?
(a) Prejudicial feelings about people from certain countries.
(b) Preferences for certain flavors of ice cream
(c) Preferences for certain cars.
(d) Prejudicial feelings about different reaces.

5. What happens to May after some time of having his sight back?
(a) He learns to make sense of the visual world.
(b) He learns to interpret the world around him except for objects in the distance.
(c) He never really adjusts and went to wearing a mask over his eyes.
(d) He makes sense of the world in a different way than lifelong sighted people.

6. What does Eagleman say about people who marry that is related to the idea of implicit egotism?
(a) That people who possess little ego tend not to marry.
(b) That people who marry seem to suffer less from implicit egotism.
(c) That the number of people who marry people whose first names begin with the same letter as their own is statistically significant.
(d) That one marries someone whose egotism reflects their own feelings about themselves.

7. At what age does Mike May regain his vision?
(a) 55.
(b) 32.
(c) 23.
(d) 46.

8. How do photographs of different races reveal something about the mind?
(a) The conscious mind might be prejudice but most will not acknowledge their feelings.
(b) It shows how sight is both an unconscious and conscious action.
(c) Prejudice can be hidden in the unconscious.
(d) It demonstrates how sight affects conscious choices.

9. What does each brain cell send to other cells?
(a) Messages for interpretation.
(b) Electrical impulses.
(c) Food.
(d) Oxygen.

10. What does Eagleman say about the ways to measure how our unconscious minds affect our conscious thinking?
(a) Eagleman says he will not go into that idea.
(b) It is impossible to measure such a thing.
(c) There are ways of measuring without even knowing one is doing so.
(d) It is a hit and miss sort of thing.

11. Why does Alberts take along a tape recorder on his journey?
(a) To tape his observations.
(b) Because of his love of music.
(c) Because of his love of gadgetry.
(d) To tape his last moments if he is dying.

12. To what does the author compare a single brain cell in its complexity?
(a) A ball team.
(b) A maze.
(c) A village.
(d) A city.

13. What happens when one's brain changes?
(a) The person is no longer functional.
(b) The person changes.
(c) The person can become a genius.
(d) The person cannot change.

14. How does the author refer to the brain?
(a) As the guts of the individual life.
(b) As the mission control center.
(c) As the organ that works in tandem with the heart.
(d) As five pounds of power.

15. What does Eagleman say seeing is?
(a) A skill that will someday be obsolete.
(b) An ability that is easy to mimic with computers.
(c) An overrated skill.
(d) A complex series of lower and higher mental processes.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do most of us notice in the world around us?

2. What is the point of the exercise Eagleman has readers perform?

3. What would happen if the people actually performed this motion in reality?

4. How is what a person likes determined?

5. What does the novice sorter eventually do in order to become an expert sorter?

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