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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 did an autopsy of Whitman find?
3. What does Chapter 4 explore?
4. What does Eagleton point out in the beginning of the chapter about our senses?
5. What does Eagleman say we cannot think?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain the physical division in the brain and what can happen if the two hemispheres are severed.
2. How does Eagleman use an example of early robotics to illustrate how the mind may be divided?
3. Explain the study that was performed on how men rate a woman's attractiveness.
4. What does Eagleman suggest about our culpability in our actions, particularly males?
5. What incident does Eagleman discuss concerning Mel Gibson?
6. What example does Eagleman cite to demonstrate the difference between the rational and emotional mind?
7. What does Eagleman have readers consider about Whitman?
8. What does Eagleman say is hard wired into our brains?
9. What comparison of thought to wavelengths does Eagleman make?
10. How does Eagleman compare the conscious mind to our senses?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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