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

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

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

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

5. How does David compensate for his lack of strength?
(a) By cheating.
(b) By competiting with younger wrestlers.
(c) By competiting in a lower weight group.
(d) With his mental and psychological edge.

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

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

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

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

10. Why does the author say juggling might be considered a pastime that accomplishes nothing?
(a) It returns all items used back to their original state.
(b) It has no purpose.
(c) It replaces the energy it uses but there is not net gain.
(d) It does not earn you any money.

11. Who is Sir Charles Bell?
(a) A Scottish surgeon who is a contemporary of Charles Darwin.
(b) The only British doctor who performs surgery even after the loss of one hand.
(c) A famous Irish composer.
(d) A famous Scottish composer.

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

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

14. How does David control the horses he raises?
(a) A touch of his hand.
(b) His mind.
(c) Behavior modification.
(d) Rope and harness.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How many muscles that are attached to the thumb enable it to do its work?

2. What problem causes the author to reach a turning point in his thinking about the hand?

3. How many key strokes per second can a pianist reach?

4. What does Charles Bell say practice enables?

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

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