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

2. How many types of grips does Mary Marzke classify?
(a) 1.
(b) 3.
(c) 10.
(d) 15.

3. According to Charles Sherrington, what is a natural progression?
(a) The learning of motor skills.
(b) Juggling with increasing number of objects.
(c) The learning of focus.
(d) Using intent.

4. What does Galvani discover about electrical forces?
(a) They are emitted by a muscle's contractions.
(b) The are initiators of action.
(c) They are charged either negative or positive.
(d) They are shorted out by a muscle's contractions.

5. From what does the word neuron derive its meaning?
(a) A Slavic word for transmit.
(b) A Latin word for cord or fiber.
(c) A Slavic word for entangle
(d) A Greek word for cord or fiber.

6. What does Herophilus discover?
(a) The muscles along the spinal cord are denser because of the neurons packed in them.
(b) Neurons can regenerate.
(c) Some neurons connect muscles to the spinal cord; whereas, other connect muscles to bone.
(d) Neurons cannot regenerate.

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

8. Why does the author say juggling might be considered a pastime that accomplishes nothing?
(a) It replaces the energy it uses but there is not net gain.
(b) It does not earn you any money.
(c) It has no purpose.
(d) It returns all items used back to their original state.

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

10. How many fingers does George saw off his right hand by accident?
(a) 2.
(b) 3.
(c) 4.
(d) 1.

11. How many muscles that are attached to the thumb enable it to do its work?
(a) Four.
(b) Twelve or thirteen.
(c) About six.
(d) Eight or nine.

12. Who says that the hand and brain both speak to each other?
(a) Henry Plotkin.
(b) Merlin Donald.
(c) Robertson Davies.
(d) Frank Wilson.

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

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

15. On the other hand, why might juggling have a use?
(a) It involves the complementary processes of throwing and catching.
(b) It can give you aerobic exercise if you do it vigorously.
(c) It can earn money on the street corner.
(d) The balls can be thrown at a robber.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Merlin Donald's theory of cultural and cognitive evolution propose?

2. What supports the conscious dimension of action?

3. What does the author say we are dependent upon that we rarely think about?

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

5. What is the other main reason the author writes this book on the hand?

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