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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 Eagleman say is difficult?
2. Who obtained a record of the arresting incident?
3. What creature does Eagleman use as an example of one with an excellent sense of smell?
4. What is an animal's ability to choose a course from among competing options and act accordingly?
5. What does Eagleman say a man named Alex started demonstrating?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Eagleman say about a man named Alex?
2. How does Eagleman see many of the small sub-routines of the mind and what example does he give?
3. Explain the physical division in the brain and what can happen if the two hemispheres are severed.
4. How does Eagleman use an example of early robotics to illustrate how the mind may be divided?
5. What example does Eagleman cite to demonstrate the difference between the rational and emotional mind?
6. What does Chapter 4 explore?
7. What does a team of rivals have to do with the brain?
8. What does Eagleman say about free will?
9. Explain the study that was performed on how men rate a woman's attractiveness.
10. How does Eagleman interpret the incident?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Our conscious minds represent only a small part of the activity of our brains. As evidence, Eagleman refers to the common experience of reacting to something before a person is fully aware of what is happening, such as when a car backs out in front of a driver and the driver has already stepped on the brakes before he fully "sees" the other car. Major league baseball players are able to hit 100-mph fastballs even though they must begin their swing before their brains have had time to visually process the image of the approaching ball.
1. Discuss an incident in your life in which you reacted to a situation before you fully realized what the situation was and relate this to Eagleman's ideas of the unconscious reacting. Use examples from your own life and Incognito to support your answer.
2. Do you think Eagleman is correct that our conscious minds only represent a small part of the activity of our brains? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and Incognito to support your answer.
3. Discuss the ways in which Eagleman's assertion about the unconscious has changed the way you view your behavior. Use examples from your own life and Incognito to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Wilson has cited a number of people in this book. Discuss he following:
1. Choose three people whom Eagleman mentions positively and give a brief idea of his opinions about those three people (or stereotypes). Use examples from Incognito to support your answer.
2. Choose three people whom Eagleman mentions negatively and give a brief idea of his opinions about those three people (or stereotypes). Use examples from Incognito to support your answer.
3. Judging what Eagleman says about different people in his text, how would you characterize him as a friend? As a colleague? Use examples from Incognito to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
There are a number of interesting questions raised by Incognito. Questions that Eagleman most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:
1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?
2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Eagleman's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Wilson's probable agenda concerning that idea.
2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?
3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?
4. Research the life of Eagleman and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.
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