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Frank R. Wilson
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Charles Sherrington, what are sensors to the target object?
(a) The retina and fingertips.
(b) The retina and the palm.
(c) The palm and the nerves in the cerebral cortex.
(d) The fngertips and the palm.

2. According to Wilson, how many problem-solving strategies are there that stand out above all others?
(a) 3.
(b) 4.
(c) 0.
(d) 2.

3. How does David compensate for his lack of strength?
(a) By cheating.
(b) By competiting in a lower weight group.
(c) With his mental and psychological edge.
(d) By competiting with younger wrestlers.

4. What sport does David participate in during High School?
(a) Tennis.
(b) Wrestling.
(c) Basketball.
(d) Soccer.

5. What is one thing that shoulder and forearm development enabled?
(a) The ability to catch objects.
(b) The ability to throw objects.
(c) The ability to carve.
(d) The ability to hunt.

6. What is one thing that demonstrates the integration of movement in the shoulder, arm and hand?
(a) The clenching of the fist.
(b) The unfolding of the fingers.
(c) The rotation of the palm
(d) The rotation of the arm.

7. What does Duchenne figure out how to demonstrate?
(a) The way a muscle contracts in order to push.
(b) The physiology of movement.
(c) The way a muscle expands in order to pull.
(d) The way an electrical charge stops movement.

8. What is pad-to-side?
(a) One type of grip.
(b) A way of rotating the wrist.
(c) A way to practice rock climbing.
(d) A way of moving the fingers.

9. 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 are treated like the sensitive part of the retina.
(c) They are unable to feel tiny movements.
(d) They have more nerve endings than the other fingers.

10. 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 three pounds per square inch.
(c) About twelve ounces per square inch.
(d) About eight ounces per square inch.

11. What is the critical significance of the paddle in Duchenne's model?
(a) It allows for greater rotation.
(b) It leaves one muscle group balanced.
(c) It sends simultaneous signals that result in the interplay of movement.
(d) It leaves one muscle group unbalanced.

12. How long can a grip on a rock last for a climber?
(a) Several minutes.
(b) Forty seconds.
(c) It is incalculable.
(d) Twenty seconds.

13. What is the strength of a climber's grip on a rock face?
(a) There is no way to calculate that figure.
(b) Ups to 120 pound per square inch.
(c) Up to 80 pounds per square inch.
(d) Up to 50 pounds per square inch.

14. What helps maintain a skill that is learned?
(a) The memory portion of the brain.
(b) Visualizing the skill daily.
(c) Nothing; once it's learned it is always available.
(d) Practice.

15. Who is David who is mentioned in this chapter?
(a) Wilson's cousin.
(b) Wilson's boyhood friend.
(c) An anonymous rock climber.
(d) Wilson's brother.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was Serge Percelly told he had the eye for tennis?

2. What does the author say comes to life even before you rise out of bed in the morning?

3. How many muscles that are attached to the thumb enable it to do its work?

4. What does Charles Bell say practice enables?

5. What is one thing the thumb is uniquely able to do?

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