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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 very important problem-solving strategy?
(a) Farming.
(b) Creating tribes.
(c) Organizing.
(d) Language.

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

3. What does Rene Decartes think fluid in the eye does?
(a) Keeps the iris the correct color.
(b) Damages the optic nerve.
(c) Causes action.
(d) Causes cataracts.

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

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

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

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

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

9. Where in Europe does Wilson take his interest in the performance problems of musicians?
(a) Italy.
(b) Germany.
(c) Spain.
(d) France.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author attempt to do that is not a well-orchestrated pattern of learning from simple to more complex?

2. What is the strength of a climber's grip on a rock face?

3. What does Merlin Donald's theory of cultural and cognitive evolution propose?

4. What does Galen discover?

5. What does the neocortex size reliably predict?

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