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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 the author attempt to do that is not a well-orchestrated pattern of learning from simple to more complex?
(a) Build a model airplane.
(b) Playing the saxophone.
(c) Brain surgery.
(d) Playing the piano.

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

3. What does the neocortex size reliably predict?
(a) Intelligence.
(b) Aggressiveness.
(c) Group size.
(d) Evolution rate.

4. What does Frederick Wood Jones note about the hand?
(a) It can be an instrument of good or evil.
(b) It is actually the brain in control rather than the hand.
(c) It is not as important as the tongue.
(d) It is only as good as the mind wishes it to be.

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

6. 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.

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

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

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

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

11. How many fingers does George saw off his right hand by accident?
(a) 2.
(b) 3.
(c) 4.
(d) 1.

12. Why is now known to be important that originally was not thought to be so during early studies?
(a) Length of digits.
(b) Flexibility.
(c) The thumb.
(d) Strength.

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

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

15. 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 move faster than the eye.
(c) The hand's ability to be adept at rock-climbing and piano-playing.
(d) The reason some people's hands are proportionately larger than normal.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author say comes to life even before you rise out of bed in the morning?

2. What is one thing the thumb is uniquely able to do?

3. What type of control does a human or ape exert over its arm to execute a move?

4. What is one thing that shoulder and forearm development enabled?

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

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