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

2. According to Wilson, what did the expansion of territory by hominids require?
(a) Inequality of the sexes.
(b) Group cooperation.
(c) Equality of the sexes.
(d) Good leadership.

3. What type of control does a human or ape exert over its arm to execute a move?
(a) Both conscious and unconscious.
(b) Intermittant.
(c) Conscious.
(d) Unconscious.

4. 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.

5. What is one term related to the scale of movement required by two hands acting in partnership?
(a) Melometric.
(b) Macromedian.
(c) Macrometric.
(d) Iconometric.

6. What does Charles Bell say practice enables?
(a) The juggler to manage a dozen or more objects.
(b) The juggler to talk and juggle at the same time.
(c) The hand and eye to develop as sense organs.
(d) The juggler to juggle and chew gum at the same time.

7. What is one feature of the human hand that Marzke identifies?
(a) Larger knuckles.
(b) Longer thumb.
(c) Greater range.
(d) Greater flexibility.

8. How does the conscious dimension of action occur?
(a) With the thought of moving.
(b) With the unconscious thought first.
(c) With the movement itself.
(d) There is no conscious dimension of action.

9. What is the hand's optimal position over the keyboard?
(a) With the palm slightly convex.
(b) A gentle curve.
(c) With the fingers fairly rigid.
(d) With the fingers spread as far as possible.

10. What does the author say is a choreographed skill?
(a) Making sure a person performs all their morning abulations.
(b) The way the hand performs thousands of activities.
(c) Getting the children ready for school while planning your day at the office.
(d) Making breakfast while on the phone and reading the newspaper.

11. 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.

12. What is paleoanthropology?
(a) The study of matriarchal civilizations.
(b) The study of human civilizations.
(c) The study of ancient, human origins.
(d) The study of evolution of animals.

13. From where does Sherrington discover signals originate to cause movement?
(a) The muscle itself.
(b) The blood.
(c) The brain.
(d) The spinal cord.

14. What does Merlin Donald's theory of cultural and cognitive evolution propose?
(a) The human brain developed in a three-stage process.
(b) The human brain developed in a stop-and-go process.
(c) The groupings of tribes developed in a two-stage process.
(d) The human body developed in a three-stage process.

15. What does juggling as learned and performed by Percelly provide?
(a) A way to have fun in becoming a better tennis player.
(b) Good daily exercise.
(c) An entertaining dimension to understanding the mind-body dichotomy.
(d) A way to become a professional tennis player.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What is one very important problem-solving strategy?

4. Who is Robin Dunbar?

5. How does David compensate for his lack of strength?

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