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. What does Eagleman say is difficult?

2. What argument does Eagleman say he is not making?

3. What did the group do with the arresting record?

4. What does Eagleton point out in the beginning of the chapter about our senses?

5. What do we perceive about the limits of our conscious knowledge?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Eagleman write about Kenneth Parks?

3. Explain the physical division in the brain and what can happen if the two hemispheres are severed.

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

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

6. What incident does Eagleman discuss concerning Mel Gibson?

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

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

9. What does Eagleman have readers consider about Whitman?

10. Does Eagleman think genetics or upbringing has more to bear on one's actions and does he think it is an important question?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Incognito is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Incognito belongs to the non-fiction genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the non-fiction genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a nonfiction book and a novel?

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