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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 term related to the scale of movement required by two hands acting in partnership?
(a) Melometric.
(b) Iconometric.
(c) Macromedian.
(d) Macrometric.

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

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

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

5. 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.

6. How does the brain teach itself in order to juggle?
(a) By making the brain and hand work together.
(b) By requiring the juggler to repeat a motion over and over.
(c) By learning how to trigger individual muscles rather than groups of muscles.
(d) By learning how to trigger groups of muscles rather than individual muscles.

7. What is one puzzling concern the author mentions in this chapter?
(a) The hand's ability to move faster than the eye.
(b) The hand's ability to be adept at rock-climbing and piano-playing.
(c) The reason some people's hands are proportionately larger than normal.
(d) The reason some people's hands are proportionately smaller than normal.

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

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

10. From what does the word neuron derive its meaning?
(a) A Latin word for cord or fiber.
(b) A Slavic word for entangle
(c) A Greek word for cord or fiber.
(d) A Slavic word for transmit.

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

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

13. Who says that the hand and brain both speak to each other?
(a) Robertson Davies.
(b) Merlin Donald.
(c) Frank Wilson.
(d) Henry Plotkin.

14. What operator has to do to anticipate load weight and wind changes?
(a) A bulldozer operator.
(b) A crane operator.
(c) An elevator operator.
(d) A grain elevator operator.

15. On the other hand, why might juggling have a use?
(a) The balls can be thrown at a robber.
(b) It involves the complementary processes of throwing and catching.
(c) It can earn money on the street corner.
(d) It can give you aerobic exercise if you do it vigorously.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many types of grips does Mary Marzke classify?

2. What is the ability to design and manufacture tools considered by Wilson?

3. What does the coordination of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones do?

4. What enables the human to weigh and relate facts to solve problems?

5. How long can a grip on a rock last for a climber?

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