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

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

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

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

5. What is the hand considered in the metaphor in number 26?
(a) The beak.
(b) The balance beam.
(c) The bucket.
(d) The block.

6. For what does the thumb have to be long enough?
(a) To touch the last finger at its base.
(b) To reach the fingertips.
(c) To bend at a 90 degree angle.
(d) To have two joints.

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

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

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

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

11. What sport does David participate in during High School?
(a) Wrestling.
(b) Basketball.
(c) Soccer.
(d) Tennis.

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

13. What helps maintain a skill that is learned?
(a) The memory portion of the brain.
(b) Nothing; once it's learned it is always available.
(c) Practice.
(d) Visualizing the skill daily.

14. According to Wilson, why do children not usually enjoy doing juggling?
(a) They do not the the necessary concentration.
(b) They do not have the necessary physical stamina.
(c) They are too easily bored with trying to learn it.
(d) They do not have the necessary hand-eye coordination.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To what do marionettes exhibit similarities?

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

3. What is one activity the author mentions that the hand usually does in the morning?

4. What is the juggling riddle?

5. How does the conscious dimension of action occur?

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