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

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

3. What creature does Eagleman use as an example of one with an excellent sense of smell?
(a) Tiger.
(b) Cat.
(c) Wolf.
(d) Bloodhound.

4. What does Eagleman say we cannot choose?
(a) If we want to commit a murder or not.
(b) Our genes or who raises us.
(c) If we want to eat that piece of pie or not.
(d) If our environment has chemical hazards that could trigger bad behavior.

5. To what do human beings seem to be predisposed without prior learning?
(a) To be attracted to faces.
(b) To be attracted to voices.
(c) To want to understand what motivates our desires.
(d) To understand what motivates our desires.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Eagleman think people find the second puzzle easier to solve?

2. What is an animal's ability to choose a course from among competing options and act accordingly?

3. What is exceptional about the creature mentioned in question 89?

4. How does Eagleman explain the phenomenon as to how men made their choices in the experiment?

5. What has a role in how genetic tendencies might be expressed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Eagleman suggest about our culpability in our actions, particularly males?

2. How does Eagleman compare the conscious mind to our senses?

3. What does Chapter 4 explore?

4. What comparison of thought to wavelengths does Eagleman make?

5. Explain the study that was performed on how men rate a woman's attractiveness.

6. To what part of the body are newborns drawn and what does this imply about human beings' predisposition?

7. What example does Eagleman cite to demonstrate the difference between the rational and emotional mind?

8. What does Eagleman say about our ability to perceive light versus that of insects?

9. How does Eagleman see many of the small sub-routines of the mind and what example does he give?

10. What does Eagleman have readers consider about Whitman?

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