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David Eagleman
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the amount of brain effort that vision uses indicate about vision?
(a) Vision is a very simple process of mirrors and reflections.
(b) Vision is an extremely complex process.
(c) It can take place while easily freeing the brain for other matters.
(d) The brain is so capable, it doesn't take much of it for any sensory input.

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

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

4. What does Eagleman say about the ways to measure how our unconscious minds affect our conscious thinking?
(a) It is impossible to measure such a thing.
(b) It is a hit and miss sort of thing.
(c) Eagleman says he will not go into that idea.
(d) There are ways of measuring without even knowing one is doing so.

5. How do hallways challenge May when he regains his sight?
(a) The apparent convergence of the walls in the distance confuses him.
(b) The feeling of confinement with the walls so close bothers him.
(c) They are no challenge since he remembers how to interpret them from when he used to see.
(d) The way the floor and walls meet at angles is upsets his sense of balance.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Of what is the phenomenon of depth being stimulated on a flat page an example?

3. What are our brains wired to do as far as complicated tasks are concerned?

4. What indicates a state of sexual arousal in women?

5. What does Eagleman say seeing is?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Eagleman say scientists continually study, and what is the result?

2. Who is Mike May and what happens to him?

3. What is one example Eagleman gives of how one reacts to something before the person is even aware of the situation?

4. How can the brain see without eyes and what is one way this is possible?

5. How is our brain wired for performing complicated tasks and why?

6. What ways can our vision be fooled?

7. What has given greater insight into the workings of the mind since Freud's time?

8. What does Eagleman describe in the opening chapter?

9. What gap does Eagleman explore in Chapter 3?

10. How does Eagleman offer an analogy of one's awareness to a newspaper headline?

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