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

Frank R. Wilson
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Articulate Hand.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the juggling riddle?
(a) How three balls can be in motion yet one held in the hand at the same time.
(b) Asking riddles while you juggler to demonstrate your expertise.
(c) How many balls it takes a juggler to feel accomplished.
(d) How a juggler can hold two balls in each hand and juggle two.

2. What does Henry Plotkin propose intelligence is?
(a) A primary heuristic.
(b) A secondary heuristic.
(c) A genetically fixed amount.
(d) A learned response.

3. What is the weight of the touch of a pianist's fingers on the keyboard?
(a) Less than three ounces per square inch.
(b) About eight ounces per square inch.
(c) About three pounds per square inch.
(d) About twelve ounces per square inch.

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

5. Who is Sir Charles Bell?
(a) A famous Irish composer.
(b) A famous Scottish composer.
(c) The only British doctor who performs surgery even after the loss of one hand.
(d) A Scottish surgeon who is a contemporary of Charles Darwin.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the neocortex size reliably predict?

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

3. What does the coordination of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones do?

4. Up until a certain point, what separated the human hand from that of the ape's hand?

5. What does the addition and transport of weight by the upper body change?

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