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

2. What did the brain do when the forelimbs were no longer used to walk?
(a) Made them functional in other areas.
(b) Developed other means of walking on all fours.
(c) Nothing.
(d) Retrained itself not to use them for walking

3. What is one thing that prompted the author to write this book on the hand?
(a) His father getting arthritis and his left hand becoming non-functional.
(b) His trying to learn to play a video game.
(c) His learning to play the piano.
(d) His taking tennis lessons.

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

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

6. Where does the hand's optimal strength lie when rock climbing?
(a) Fingertips.
(b) Grip.
(c) Heel of hand.
(d) Position.

7. What is one very important problem-solving strategy?
(a) Creating tribes.
(b) Farming.
(c) Language.
(d) Organizing.

8. Until recently, how have anthropologists perceived ape and human hands?
(a) As structurally equivalent.
(b) As functionally equivalent.
(c) As functionally very different.
(d) As structurally radically different.

9. What does the coordination of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones do?
(a) Creates tensions to enable movement.
(b) It orients the arm and hand to make adjusting and tension-setting movements that keep the body upright.
(c) Creates a system of interrelated functions.
(d) Forms a synergistic system.

10. What supports the conscious dimension of action?
(a) The unconscious image of movement.
(b) The brain.
(c) The conscious intent to move.
(d) The unconscious interaction of the neuromuscular system.

11. What does the author say comes to life even before you rise out of bed in the morning?
(a) Your digestive juices.
(b) Your brain.
(c) Your dog.
(d) Hands and arms.

12. What does the neocortex size reliably predict?
(a) Aggressiveness.
(b) Evolution rate.
(c) Group size.
(d) Intelligence.

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

14. What problem causes the author to reach a turning point in his thinking about the hand?
(a) A finger amputation.
(b) A stroke.
(c) Musician's cramp.
(d) A broken wrist.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What operator has to do to anticipate load weight and wind changes?

2. What is the hand considered in the metaphor in number 26?

3. For what does the thumb have to be long enough?

4. What does Charles Bell say practice enables?

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

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