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

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

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

4. Until recently, how have anthropologists perceived ape and human hands?
(a) As structurally equivalent.
(b) As functionally equivalent.
(c) As structurally radically different.
(d) As functionally very different.

5. What does the hand "think" about as it helps you get ready for the day?
(a) How to grasp something without dropping it.
(b) How to movie each tendon and ligament for each task.
(c) Nothing.
(d) How to move each muscle fgr each task.

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

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

8. What is one puzzling concern the author mentions in this chapter?
(a) The reason some people's hands are proportionately smaller than normal.
(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 hand's ability to move faster than the eye.

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

10. Who describes the hand as the "consummation of all perfection as an instrument"?
(a) Issac Newton.
(b) Sir Charles Bell.
(c) Sir Francis Hemmington.
(d) Francis Bacon.

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

12. According to Wilson, how many problem-solving strategies are there that stand out above all others?
(a) 2.
(b) 4.
(c) 0.
(d) 3.

13. What does Charles Sherrington claim about the tip of the thumb and index finger?
(a) They have more nerve endings than the other fingers.
(b) They are unable to distinguish different types of movement.
(c) They are unable to feel tiny movements.
(d) They are treated like the sensitive part of the retina.

14. To what was the pre-human arm metaphorically compared?
(a) A fulcrum.
(b) A block and tackle.
(c) A whooping crane and its beak.
(d) A construction crane and its operator.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where in Europe does Wilson take his interest in the performance problems of musicians?

2. Who is David who is mentioned in this chapter?

3. On the other hand, why might juggling have a use?

4. What is one term related to the scale of movement required by two hands acting in partnership?

5. How does a goat eat a piece of candy?

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