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

2. What does Herophilus discover?
(a) Some neurons connect muscles to the spinal cord; whereas, other connect muscles to bone.
(b) The muscles along the spinal cord are denser because of the neurons packed in them.
(c) Neurons cannot regenerate.
(d) Neurons can regenerate.

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

4. What does Duchenne figure out how to demonstrate?
(a) The way a muscle contracts in order to push.
(b) The physiology of movement.
(c) The way an electrical charge stops movement.
(d) The way a muscle expands in order to pull.

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

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

7. How is the arm different from the leg in how it's attached to the body?
(a) The arm is attached by muscle rather than bone.
(b) The arm is attached in several places; whereas, the leg is attached in only one place.
(c) The arm is suspended away from the body; whereas the leg is anchored to the body..
(d) The arm swings 180 degrees; whereas, the leg swings only 90 degrees.

8. What is one thing that demonstrates the integration of movement in the shoulder, arm and hand?
(a) The clenching of the fist.
(b) The rotation of the arm.
(c) The unfolding of the fingers.
(d) The rotation of the palm

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

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

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

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

13. What is one thing the thumb is uniquely able to do?
(a) Move independently of any other finger.
(b) Nothing.
(c) Hyperextend.
(d) Bend at the middle knuckle.

14. What is the juggling riddle?
(a) Asking riddles while you juggler to demonstrate your expertise.
(b) How a juggler can hold two balls in each hand and juggle two.
(c) How three balls can be in motion yet one held in the hand at the same time.
(d) How many balls it takes a juggler to feel accomplished.

15. What does Merlin Donald's theory of cultural and cognitive evolution propose?
(a) The human brain developed in a stop-and-go process.
(b) The groupings of tribes developed in a two-stage process.
(c) The human body developed in a three-stage process.
(d) The human brain developed in a three-stage process.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Wilson, what did the expansion of territory by hominids require?

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

3. What does Henry Plotkin propose intelligence is?

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

5. How many fingers does George saw off his right hand by accident?

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