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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. Whose brains must learn to make sense of visual input coming in?
(a) People who have had an eye injured and do not see out of it for a while.
(b) Blind people who recover their sight.
(c) People who start wearing glasses.
(d) People who move to a different culture.

2. How is what a person likes determined?
(a) Largely by unconscious thinking.
(b) Largely by conscious thinking.
(c) By careful consideration of the conscious mind with input from the unconscious mind.
(d) There is no way to know that.

3. When does Arthur Alberts travel from New York to Africa?
(a) 1949.
(b) 2004.
(c) 1997.
(d) 1989.

4. What does the author call self-healing material?
(a) Bones.
(b) Internal organs.
(c) The skin.
(d) The brain.

5. What does the novice sorter eventually do in order to become an expert sorter?
(a) Close their eyes and hear the difference.
(b) Feel the difference in feather softness.
(c) Intuit the difference with their minds.
(d) Internalize the task.

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

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

8. What is the consistency of the brain?
(a) Jello.
(b) Bread.
(c) Milk.
(d) Peanut butter.

9. What does Eagleman say about people who marry that is related to the idea of implicit egotism?
(a) That one marries someone whose egotism reflects their own feelings about themselves.
(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 people who possess little ego tend not to marry.

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

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

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

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

14. What tells us that we experience the world as it actually exists?
(a) Our intuition.
(b) Our previous experiences.
(c) Our senses.
(d) Our knowledge.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. At what age does Mike May regain his vision?

2. What gap does Eagleman explore?

3. What does an experiment that has people associate words such as "like" or "dislike" measure?

4. What does each human brain cell contain in its entirety?

5. What is something the brain has to learn?

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