The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

Frank R. Wilson
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Grip of the Past.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Charles Sherrington claim about the tip of the thumb and index finger?
(a) They are unable to distinguish different types of movement.
(b) They have more nerve endings than the other fingers.
(c) They are treated like the sensitive part of the retina.
(d) They are unable to feel tiny movements.

2. What is one activity the author mentions that the hand usually does in the morning?
(a) Twisting a water faucet.
(b) Conducts a symphony.
(c) Plays with a football.
(d) Grooms the dog.

3. What is the ability to design and manufacture tools considered by Wilson?
(a) A problem-solving strategy.
(b) The only way the brain can solve mechanical problems.
(c) The way to take advantage of the hand's capabilities.
(d) The way humans evolve.

4. Why was Serge Percelly told he had the eye for tennis?
(a) His forearms were unusually well developed.
(b) His hand-eye coordination was above average.
(c) His retina had more nerves endings than average.
(d) He could see where the ball was going and meet it there.

5. What did hominids require in order to expand their range beyond the jungle?
(a) Opposing thumb.
(b) Walking upright.
(c) Agriculture.
(d) Brain evolution.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the brain do when the forelimbs were no longer used to walk?

2. According to Wilson, what did the expansion of territory by hominids require?

3. What type of control does a human or ape exert over its arm to execute a move?

4. What is the hand's optimal position over the keyboard?

5. On the other hand, why might juggling have a use?

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