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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does the nature of the debate about the drunken actor illustrate according to Eagleman?
2. What proved difficult in programming robots?
3. What was discovered about Alex's health?
4. What does Eagleman say about the question as to whether the actor is racist or not?
5. What did an autopsy of Whitman find?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Eagleman have readers consider about Whitman?
2. How does Eagleman interpret the incident?
3. How does Eagleman compare the conscious mind to our senses?
4. What does Eagleman suggest about our culpability in our actions, particularly males?
5. Explain the study that was performed on how men rate a woman's attractiveness.
6. What comparison of thought to wavelengths does Eagleman make?
7. What does a team of rivals have to do with the brain?
8. How does Eagleman see many of the small sub-routines of the mind and what example does he give?
9. How does Eagleman use an example of early robotics to illustrate how the mind may be divided?
10. Explain the physical division in the brain and what can happen if the two hemispheres are severed.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What we like is also determined largely by unconscious thinking and a natural tendency to like ourselves, Eagleman claims. This is called "implicit egotism," and is a well-established phenomenon, he explains. It is illustrated by the fact, for example, that people marry others with first names that start with the same letter more often than would be expected by chance. Eagleman claims this is because we implicitly prefer others that are like ourselves in some way.
1. Discuss how you feel about yourself and whether you think your feelings stem from your unconscious. Use examples from your own life and Incognito to support your answer.
2. Do you think most people like themselves? Why or why not. Use examples from your own life and Incognito to support your answer.
3. Do you think it is a positive trait that a person likes him/herself? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and Incognito to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the following:
1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful work of non-fiction?
2. Analyze and discuss The Hand based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Incognito is a successful work of non-fiction/memoir.
3. Is The Hand a book you would recommend to a friend? Why or why not? Explain.
4. Can a non-fictional book be successful and yet many readers not enjoy it? Explain your response.
Essay Topic 3
Eagleman gives the reader an overview of his ideas about success in Incognito. Discuss one of the following:
1. Discuss Eagleman's opinions of three topics he discussed in relation to the brain. Do you agree or disagree with him? Why? Use examples from Incognito to support your answer.
2. Compare and contrast Eagleman's opinions from Incognito with what you might imagine Eagleman's opinion might be had he lived 100 years ago. How do you think his opinions would change? Would they remain the same? Explain fully. Use examples from Incognito to support your answer.
3. Discuss how you think Eagleman's view on several topics from this essay informs his life as a researcher. Use examples from Incognito to support your answer.
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