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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 activity the author mentions that the hand usually does in the morning?
(a) Grooms the dog.
(b) Conducts a symphony.
(c) Plays with a football.
(d) Twisting a water faucet.

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

3. 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 returns all items used back to their original state.
(c) It has no purpose.
(d) It does not earn you any money.

4. What did hominids require in order to expand their range beyond the jungle?
(a) Brain evolution.
(b) Walking upright.
(c) Opposing thumb.
(d) Agriculture.

5. What does Charles Sherrington claim about the tip of the thumb and index finger?
(a) They have more nerve endings than the other fingers.
(b) They are unable to feel tiny movements.
(c) They are treated like the sensitive part of the retina.
(d) They are unable to distinguish different types of movement.

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

7. What is the purpose of the shoulder, arm and hand in being fully integrated?
(a) To work in tandem.
(b) To provide more leverage together.
(c) To act as a fulcrum.
(d) To function simultaneously as one.

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

9. What does Galen discover?
(a) Pairs of muscles are required to pull against each other for action.
(b) Ligaments pull muscles in the same direction for pulling and in opposite directions for pushing
(c) Muscles cannot pull without ligaments acting in opposition.
(d) Pairs of muscles must pull in the same direction for action.

10. What is one thing that shoulder and forearm development enabled?
(a) The ability to hunt.
(b) The ability to throw objects.
(c) The ability to carve.
(d) The ability to catch objects.

11. How does John Napier identify the terms "power grip" and "precision grip"?
(a) Climber and piano player.
(b) Wrestler and soccer goalie.
(c) He does not distinguish between the two.
(d) "Prehensile" and "non-prehensile."

12. How many key strokes per second can a pianist reach?
(a) 8.
(b) 20.
(c) 3.
(d) 12.

13. 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 taking tennis lessons.
(d) His learning to play the piano.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Herophilus discover?

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

3. What type of control does a human or ape exert over its arm to execute a move?

4. How does the brain teach itself in order to juggle?

5. How is the arm different from the leg in how it's attached to the body?

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