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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. How does May first react to his new sight?
(a) He is unable to make sense of what he sees.
(b) Since he had seen when he was younger, it was no big deal.
(c) He blinds himself again.
(d) He is elated and awed.

2. How much of the activity of our brain does the conscious mind represent?
(a) There is no way of judging that.
(b) A small part.
(c) Most of the activity.
(d) About half of the activity.

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

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

5. What does the author call self-healing material?
(a) Bones.
(b) The skin.
(c) The brain.
(d) Internal organs.

Short Answer Questions

1. What tells us that we experience the world as it actually exists?

2. What have we humans thrown ourselves into deciphering?

3. To what does the author compare a single brain cell in its complexity?

4. Why did the subjects say about why they chose the pictures of the women that they did?

5. Why does Alberts take along a tape recorder on his journey?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Eagleman say the experiment with the photographs of women illustrates?

3. What does Eagleman describe in the opening chapter?

4. What is another illustration of how one reacts to something before the person is even aware of the situation?

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

6. What does Eagleman say about the auditory sense?

7. What has to shift in order to fully appreciate the small role of the unconscious and to what does Eagleman compare that shift?

8. Why does Eagleman say it is not correct to change lanes by turning the wheel right and then straightening it out?

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

10. What ways can our vision be fooled?

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