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. How do the eyes of blind people who recover their sight work compared to persons who are sighted since birth?
(a) The person who is sighted from birth can see better in low light.
(b) The formerly blind person's eyes often do not work in tandem.
(c) The eyes both work the same in both groups.
(d) The formerly blind person's eyes often only work in strong light.

2. What indicates a state of sexual arousal in women?
(a) Closed eyes.
(b) Lack of focus.
(c) It varies individual to individual.
(d) Dilated eyes.

3. What does the amount of brain effort that vision uses indicate about vision?
(a) The brain is so capable, it doesn't take much of it for any sensory input.
(b) It can take place while easily freeing the brain for other matters.
(c) Vision is an extremely complex process.
(d) Vision is a very simple process of mirrors and reflections.

4. What was disorienting for May?
(a) The way shapes affected the appearance of colors.
(b) The way colors affected the appearance of shapes.
(c) The sudden shift of objects in his visual field when he turned his head.
(d) The way steps seemed unattached to the earth.

5. How do sorters learn to do their job?
(a) By an expert sorter correcting a novice.
(b) By watching experts sort.
(c) By reading a how-to book.
(d) By studying videos of how to sort.

6. What is another type of brain cell?
(a) Nephrons.
(b) Neutrophils.
(c) Leukocytes.
(d) Glia.

7. What does Alberts record?
(a) The sounds of many bird species.
(b) African music.
(c) The sounds of the lions.
(d) The sounds of the insect world of Africa.

8. What does Eagleman say can happen even after we learn to see?
(a) Our sight can be inaccurate.
(b) Our vision can be fooled.
(c) Our sight can be erratic.
(d) Nothing.

9. What does Eagleman claim most people possess?
(a) A natural tendency to like ourselves.
(b) A natural tendency to like others.
(c) A natural tendency to dislike ourselves.
(d) A natural tendency to dislike ourselves.

10. How does Alberts convince one African that the native's tongue is still intact?
(a) Having the man hold his tongue and try to talk.
(b) Having the man sing.
(c) Pulling on the tongue in question.
(d) Using a mirror.

11. How much of our brain is devoted to sight?
(a) 1/15.
(b) 1/3.
(c) 1/10.
(d) 1/20.

12. How does one blind rock climber use a mechanical device to help climb?
(a) The device beeps in code to say where a usable crack is locate.
(b) There is no such device developed yet; it is in prototype stage.
(c) The device latches onto cracks and crevices and the climber follows the rope.
(d) The device transmits impulses through the climber's tongue.

13. What is something the brain has to learn?
(a) Making contacts among synapses.
(b) Moving electrical impulses.
(c) Seeing.
(d) Thinking.

14. What does Eagleman say has happened to complicated processes in his analogy of consciousness?
(a) The processes have been compressed into headlines.
(b) They have been compressed to dots.
(c) They have been jumbled into split images.
(d) They have been compressed from novels to short stores.

15. What are two examples of optical illusions?
(a) A round circle looking elliptical.
(b) Red looking black.
(c) The apparent motion of stationary images and the apparent change in size of images when their backgrounds are changed.
(d) A square being a rectangle.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens when one's brain changes?

2. What is the consistency of the brain?

3. Who cannot immediately discern depth and movement as someone who has had vision since birth?

4. Of what are we unconscious when we move an arm?

5. What illustrations does Eagleman present to show the concept from question 44?

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