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

2. 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.

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

4. What is exceptional about the creature mentioned in question 89?
(a) They can smell an odor on the air even after several days.
(b) They can smell odors after weeks have passed.
(c) They can smell the fleas on them.
(d) They can sense a whole range of odors that human beings cannot sense.

5. What assumption does Eagleman dismiss?
(a) That the brain's health affects intelligence.
(b) That the brain is able to heal itself of most problems.
(c) That all people are equally equipped to make sound and rational decisions.
(d) That people have control over their behavior not matter what.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what do human beings seem to be predisposed without prior learning?

2. What culture does this actor slander?

3. Who obtained a record of the arresting incident?

4. What had people noticed about Whitman in some months before his death?

5. How does Eagleman compare thinking with seeing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Charles Whitman and what did he do and what may have contributed to his actions?

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

3. What does a team of rivals have to do with the brain?

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

5. What does Eagleman write about Kenneth Parks?

6. How does Eagleman interpret the incident?

7. What does Chapter 4 explore?

8. What incident does Eagleman discuss concerning Mel Gibson?

9. How does a rat react to conflicting choices?

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

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