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

David Eagleman
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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do some brain scientists propose?
(a) That computers can mimic the brain in all ways except fine discrimination.
(b) That the brain is not as much like a computer as originally thought.
(c) That the brain may work on numerous smaller routines.
(d) That the brain is able to handle much larger routines than computers.

2. How does Eagleman compare the conscious mind to the senses in a human being?
(a) Neither have limits.
(b) Senses do not have limits but the conscious mind does.
(c) Senses have limits but the conscious mind does not.
(d) Both have limits.

3. What assumption is at the core of the American legal system?
(a) That some people are genetically insane.
(b) That there are some people who can choose no other than a life of crime.
(c) That we each have free will.
(d) That some people's insanity is not their fault.

4. What did an autopsy of Whitman find?
(a) He had a brain tumor.
(b) He was on ten different types of medicins.
(c) He was severely abused as a child.
(d) He was drunk when he died.

5. How does Eagleton support his statement about what is or is not hard wired into our brains?
(a) He has the reader do an experiement on their own mind.
(b) He provides several examples.
(c) He says the reader must take his word on it.
(d) He says he cannot support it since it is only theoretical.

6. What problem does Eagleman describe in illustrating how the mind may be divided?
(a) An early problem in the development of artificial intelligence.
(b) The problem of longitude.
(c) When developing the polygraph, how to distinguish between saying one thing and expressing something different with body language.
(d) Counting recurring numbers without missing one.

7. What proved difficult in programming robots?
(a) Having them perform two tasks that were only minutely different.
(b) Having them understand the difference between two degrees of moisture.
(c) Having them perform simple tasks.
(d) Having them be able to grasp fine particles.

8. What is exceptional about the creature mentioned in question 89?
(a) They can smell the fleas on them.
(b) They can smell an odor on the air even after several days.
(c) They can smell odors after weeks have passed.
(d) They can sense a whole range of odors that human beings cannot sense.

9. What does Eagleman say about the question as to whether the actor is racist or not?
(a) The question is fairly black and white.
(b) If the question could be answered, we'd all be in trouble for the way we think.
(c) The question is more complex than either/or.
(d) The question is rhetorical and not important.

10. How does Eagleman explain the phenomenon as to how men made their choices in the experiment?
(a) It goes back to the early history of humankind.
(b) The cars that men chose were the ones that had the most attractive women standing by them.
(c) Men are attracted to women who have the same ethnic looks as themselves.
(d) It is socially ingrained from advertisements.

11. How old was Charles Whitman when he died?
(a) 15.
(b) 44.
(c) 21.
(d) 25.

12. How does Eagleman compare thinking with seeing?
(a) Both involve the same area of the left brain.
(b) There are thoughts that we cannot think, just as there are wavelengths of light we cannot see.
(c) Both involve the right brain.
(d) Neither are infallible.

13. What is the orbitofrontal cortex?
(a) The area of the brain that often determines psychosis.
(b) The area of the brain where the spinal column meets the brain tissue.
(c) The area of the brain that determines right or left handedness.
(d) The area of the brain affected by Alex's tumor.

14. What does the logic puzzle that Eagleman challenges readers with involve?
(a) Light and dark shapes.
(b) Shapes and numbers.
(c) Colors and numbers.
(d) Colors and shapes.

15. How does Eagleman then change the puzzle?
(a) He makes it about people and their occupations.
(b) He makes it about people and their ages.
(c) He makes it about breeds of cats.
(d) He makes it about breeds of dogs.

Short Answer Questions

1. What creature does Eagleman use as an example of one with an excellent sense of smell?

2. How does Eagleman answer the question about whether the actor is racist or not?

3. What does Eagleman think is a good model for how the brain works?

4. What does Eagleman say a man named Alex started demonstrating?

5. What argument does Eagleman say he is not making?

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