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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. To what does Eagleman compare consciousness?
(a) A camera.
(b) A kaleidoscope.
(c) A video recorder.
(d) A newspaper.

2. What are we actually unaware of?
(a) What is happening in real time.
(b) The small nuances.
(c) What is happening.
(d) Subtleties of change.

3. What illustrations does Eagleman present to show the concept from question 44?
(a) Illustrations of how the eye can move too fast to be accurate.
(b) Illustrations of pictures within pictures.
(c) Illustrations of optical illusions.
(d) Illustrations of the eye structure.

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

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

6. By what are thoughts underpinned?
(a) Fluids.
(b) Sound.
(c) Electrical waves.
(d) Physical stuff.

7. What do most of us notice in the world around us?
(a) About ninety percent of what is actually there.
(b) Just when something is out of the ordinary.
(c) About ten percent of what is actually there.
(d) That which impacts our safety.

8. What are those people called who sort out baby chickens by their gender?
(a) They do not have a name.
(b) Chicken sexers.
(c) Chickeners.
(d) Sorters.

9. To what are innumerable facets of ourselves linked?
(a) The limbic system.
(b) The circulatory system.
(c) The nervous system.
(d) The heart and brain.

10. About how many pounds does a brain weigh?
(a) 3.
(b) 6.
(c) 5.
(d) 2.

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

12. What have we humans thrown ourselves into deciphering?
(a) Our means of connecting the brain to the heart.
(b) Our own programming language.
(c) The language of individual, specialized cells.
(d) Our emotional world.

13. In what number range does the author say the brain cells count?
(a) Hundreds of billions.
(b) Hundreds of trillions.
(c) Hundreds of thousands.
(d) Trillions of trillions.

14. What gap does Eagleman explore?
(a) Between what you want to see and what is actually there.
(b) Between what your eyes see and what your brain shows you.
(c) Between what your brain receives in impulses and what it can interpret.
(d) Between what your brain knows and your mind is capable of accessing.

15. Of what are we unconscious when we move an arm?
(a) Why we moved the arm.
(b) If the arm moved before or after we thought about moving it.
(c) The flurry of neural impulses that caused the arm to move.
(d) If our brain or eyes initiated the move.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many connections does a typical neuron make to neighboring neurons?

2. What seems natural to most people?

3. If someone moves slightly towards the word dislike before choosing the word like, what does that indicate?

4. Why did the subjects say about why they chose the pictures of the women that they did?

5. How do the eyes of blind people who recover their sight work compared to persons who are sighted since birth?

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