Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain Test | Final Test - Hard

David Eagleman
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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. How much of the wavelengths of light do our eyes see?

2. What question has been addressed by philosophers for ages?

3. What did Whitman indicate in some writings he left behind?

4. At what do babies tend to look?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Eagleman say about free will?

2. What does Chapter 4 explore?

3. What does Eagleman say is hard wired into our brains?

4. How does Eagleman use an example of early robotics to illustrate how the mind may be divided?

5. What happens when the frontal cortex is damaged?

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

7. What does Eagleman write about Kenneth Parks?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Eagleman in writing about Mel Gibson cites anti-Semitism was demonstrated by Gibson. Discuss one of the following:

1. Define anti-Semitism and give examples of it from both Incognito and other sources.

2. Do you think anti-Semitism still exists in the United States? Explain.

3. Discuss the idea put forth by Eagleman that Mel Gibson may have two brains, one not prejudice and one that is. Use examples from Incognito to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

There are ways to measure how our unconscious minds affect our conscious thinking even without our knowing it, Eagleman explains. For example, a person may consciously profess to have no prejudicial feelings about people of a certain race, but experiments that ask them to associate certain words such as "like" or "dislike" with photographs or words describing different races or creeds can reveal that they may move slightly toward the "dislike" option before choosing "like". This reveals a conflict between the unconscious and unconscious minds, Eagleman claims.

1. Do you think you could have unconscious feelings, such as prejudice, of which you are unaware? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and Incognito to support your answer.

2. Discuss what conflicts might rise between the unconscious and conscious mind when you decide not to study for a test. Use examples from your own life and Incognito to support your answer.

3. Do you think the unconscious mind always makes the best decisions over the conscious mind? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and Incognito to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Eagleman.

2. What in Eagleman's background may have helped him in writing Incognito? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her books? Why or why not? Give examples.

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