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 argument does Eagleman say he is not making?
(a) That no one is responsible for his/her choices.
(b) That we should be working more towards gene manipulation.
(c) That those who have a genetic defect that affects their behavior should be more closely monitored.
(d) That every one must be absolutely accountable.

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

3. How did Whitman die?
(a) Lightening.
(b) Falls out of a tower.
(c) Electrical shock.
(d) Shot by the police.

4. What does Eagleman say is difficult?
(a) Believing that our unconscious is so unaware.
(b) Understanding and accepting that much of our minds is inaccessible to our conscious selves.
(c) Knowing that we have very little true free will.
(d) Believing that our unconscious is so aware.

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

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

7. What does Eagleton think many sub-routines of our mind are doing?
(a) Clashing with each other.
(b) Competing with each other.
(c) Complementing each other.
(d) Leading and following each other.

8. What do we perceive about the limits of our conscious knowledge?
(a) We do not know what the limits of our conscious knowledge is.
(b) We know there are no limits but we often act as if there are.
(c) We know there are limits but don't always recognize when we've reached one.
(d) Our conscious mind in its egoistic state does not believe there are limits.

9. What question has been addressed by philosophers for ages?
(a) Nature versus nurture.
(b) Whether humans truly have free will.
(c) How much we should be accountable for our actions.
(d) Which came first the genetic tendency or the action that stimulates the gene.

10. What does Eagleman think some people would have said about Whitman had he lived?
(a) He was responsible for his actions because he should have sought medical help.
(b) He was totally responsible for his actions no matter what.
(c) He was not responsible for his actions.
(d) He was not wholly responsible nor wholly blameless for his actions.

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

12. How does Eagleman answer the question about whether the actor is racist or not?
(a) The author does not say as that is not the point of his anecdote.
(b) The actor does not know himself if he is racist.
(c) One part of his brain is racist and another part is not.
(d) The actor is definitely racist because one's true beliefs are hard to hide under the influence of alcohol.

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

14. What does Chapter 4 explore?
(a) The limits to our conscious thinking.
(b) The ways our conscious thinking get us in trouble.
(c) How the conscious and unconscious minds can be complementary.
(d) The limits to our unconscious thinking.

15. What does Eagleman say we are at the mercy of?
(a) The unconscious workings of our minds.
(b) Medical advancements.
(c) Fate.
(d) Our own upbringing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the group do with the arresting record?

2. What does Eagleton point out in the beginning of the chapter about our senses?

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

4. What does the amygdala regulate?

5. What does Eagleman say we cannot think?

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