Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain Test | Final 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 the orbitofrontal cortex?
(a) The area of the brain affected by Alex's tumor.
(b) The area of the brain that often determines psychosis.
(c) The area of the brain that determines right or left handedness.
(d) The area of the brain where the spinal column meets the brain tissue.

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

3. What is the significant fact in the two showings to the men?
(a) It has little to do with appearance, but more to do with the time they had to look at the pictures.
(b) The men invariably chose the same in either situation.
(c) The men invariably chose differently in each situation.
(d) The men seemed to randomly choose preferences no matter the amount of time exposed to the images.

4. At what do babies tend to look?
(a) Their own hands.
(b) Hands.
(c) Faces.
(d) The heart are where the sound of the heart beat is.

5. What does the nature of the debate about the drunken actor illustrate according to Eagleman?
(a) We are always ready to judge and condemn.
(b) We want to think of ourselves and others as being one way or another.
(c) We are always ready to excuse celetrity behavior.
(d) We want to excuse others so we can excuse ourselves.

6. What happens when a rat is presented with a similar dilemma as the one in question 129?
(a) It gnaws on its leg.
(b) It often runs around in a circle.
(c) It is incapable of any action.
(d) It often lies down and dies.

7. What is hard wired into our brains?
(a) Much of what motivates us and drives our behavior.
(b) Things such as breathing and digestion.
(c) Nothing is actually hard wired into our brains.
(d) Only the survival instinct.

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

9. What does Eagleman think is a good model for how the brain works?
(a) A theory called science of mentality.
(b) A theory called particulate mentality.
(c) A concept call indiscriminate separation.
(d) A concept called society of mind.

10. What was winning the battle for control of Whitman's behavior in Eagleman's analogy?
(a) Whitman's aggressive zombie programs.
(b) Logic versus emotions.
(c) Religion versus science.
(d) Love versus hate.

11. How is the problem solved?
(a) Finding how latitude is divided first.
(b) Using skin pads.
(c) Making the recurring numbers bolder.
(d) Breaking the task into smaller routines.

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

13. Which actor does Eagleman discuss at the opening of this chapter?
(a) Brad Pitt.
(b) John Wayne.
(c) Jimmy Stewart.
(d) Mel Gibson.

14. What is an animal's ability to choose a course from among competing options and act accordingly?
(a) Intelligence.
(b) Awareness.
(c) Consciousness.
(d) Wisdom.

15. What had people noticed about Whitman in some months before his death?
(a) He seemed full of hope.
(b) He seemed to feel much despair.
(c) He seemed the same as always.
(d) His behavior had changed.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Eagleman say we cannot choose?

2. What did others say about the incident?

3. What studies does Eagleman look at in this chapter?

4. How does Eagleman compare thinking with seeing?

5. What question has been addressed by philosophers for ages?

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