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

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

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

4. 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.

5. To what do marionettes exhibit similarities?
(a) Block and tackles.
(b) The human muscle and tendon configuration in arms and legs.
(c) The way a wedge works.
(d) Leverage.

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

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

8. 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 feel tiny movements.
(c) They are unable to distinguish different types of movement.
(d) They have more nerve endings than the other fingers.

9. What is the other main reason the author writes this book on the hand?
(a) His work as a painter.
(b) His work as a neurologist.
(c) His work as a orthopedic doctor.
(d) His work as an art teacher.

10. What enables the human to weigh and relate facts to solve problems?
(a) The brain.
(b) The heart.
(c) The hands.
(d) The soul.

11. What does Rene Decartes think fluid in the eye does?
(a) Causes cataracts.
(b) Damages the optic nerve.
(c) Causes action.
(d) Keeps the iris the correct color.

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

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

14. To what was the pre-human arm metaphorically compared?
(a) A fulcrum.
(b) A whooping crane and its beak.
(c) A construction crane and its operator.
(d) A block and tackle.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does John Napier identify the terms "power grip" and "precision grip"?

2. Who is David who is mentioned in this chapter?

3. According to Wilson, what did the expansion of territory by hominids require?

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

5. What supports the conscious dimension of action?

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