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

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

3. What is the purpose of the shoulder, arm and hand in being fully integrated?
(a) To act as a fulcrum.
(b) To function simultaneously as one.
(c) To work in tandem.
(d) To provide more leverage together.

4. What is the critical significance of the paddle in Duchenne's model?
(a) It leaves one muscle group balanced.
(b) It sends simultaneous signals that result in the interplay of movement.
(c) It allows for greater rotation.
(d) It leaves one muscle group unbalanced.

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

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

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

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

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

10. To what do marionettes exhibit similarities?
(a) Block and tackles.
(b) The human muscle and tendon configuration in arms and legs.
(c) The way a wedge works.
(d) Leverage.

11. What does the author say is a choreographed skill?
(a) Getting the children ready for school while planning your day at the office.
(b) The way the hand performs thousands of activities.
(c) Making sure a person performs all their morning abulations.
(d) Making breakfast while on the phone and reading the newspaper.

12. What is the other main reason the author writes this book on the hand?
(a) His work as a painter.
(b) His work as a neurologist.
(c) His work as a orthopedic doctor.
(d) His work as an art teacher.

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

14. What sport does David participate in during High School?
(a) Tennis.
(b) Soccer.
(c) Wrestling.
(d) Basketball.

15. What helps maintain a skill that is learned?
(a) Practice.
(b) Visualizing the skill daily.
(c) The memory portion of the brain.
(d) Nothing; once it's learned it is always available.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does David control the horses he raises?

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

3. Up until a certain point, what separated the human hand from that of the ape's hand?

4. What does Rene Decartes think fluid in the eye does?

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

(see the answer keys)

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