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. What is meant by "implicit egotism"?
(a) The way the ego receives implied beliefs from the unconscious.
(b) The tendency for the ego to determine prejudice.
(c) The tendency for most people to like themselves.
(d) The belief in psychology that the ego is not real.

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

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

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

5. What does Eagleman say about the ability to sort?
(a) It eventually becomes automatic and becomes an unconscious process.
(b) It is related to the ability to reason abstractly.
(c) It is related to the ability to draw.
(d) You either have the ability at the very beginning or you can never learn it.

6. 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) Prejudice can be hidden in the unconscious.
(c) It shows how sight is both an unconscious and conscious action.
(d) It demonstrates how sight affects conscious choices.

7. What is the point of the exercise Eagleman has readers perform?
(a) To see how many will accept directions from a book.
(b) To show that the eyes visualize one thing while the brain carries it out another way.
(c) To understand the we do many things unconsciously that are difficult to recreate with the conscious mind.
(d) To show that scribing geometric forms without a point of reference is almost impossible.

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

9. How far in the past do we actually "live"?
(a) We actually live slightly into the future.
(b) Sometimes up to a minute.
(c) A few milliseconds.
(d) A second or two.

10. 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 move to a different culture.
(d) People who start wearing glasses.

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

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

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

14. How does one device "show" a blind person his/her proximity to objects?
(a) It beeps when its sensors notice an object in the person's path.
(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 gives a slight electrical shock to the person's arm where it is attached.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much of the activity of our brain does the conscious mind represent?

2. How does May first react to his new sight?

3. How do most people perform the motion on question number 62?

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

5. About how many pounds does a brain weigh?

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