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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. How many features of the human hand does Mary Marzke identify?
(a) 12.
(b) 2.
(c) 8.
(d) 3.

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

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

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

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

6. What is the ability to design and manufacture tools considered by Wilson?
(a) The way to take advantage of the hand's capabilities.
(b) The only way the brain can solve mechanical problems.
(c) A problem-solving strategy.
(d) The way humans evolve.

7. How does a goat eat a piece of candy?
(a) Just the wrapper.
(b) Sometimes just the wrapper and sometimes just the candy.
(c) The wrapper and the candy.
(d) Just the candy.

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

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

10. Where in Europe does Wilson take his interest in the performance problems of musicians?
(a) Spain.
(b) Italy.
(c) Germany.
(d) France.

11. Up until a certain point, what separated the human hand from that of the ape's hand?
(a) The size.
(b) The thumb.
(c) The texture.
(d) The number of digits.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the strength of a climber's grip on a rock face?

2. According to Wilson, how many problem-solving strategies are there that stand out above all others?

3. What is the purpose of the shoulder, arm and hand in being fully integrated?

4. According to Charles Sherrington, what is a natural progression?

5. Why does the author say juggling might be considered a pastime that accomplishes nothing?

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