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

2. What is one thing that prompted the author to write this book on the hand?
(a) His trying to learn to play a video game.
(b) His father getting arthritis and his left hand becoming non-functional.
(c) His learning to play the piano.
(d) His taking tennis lessons.

3. What does the coordination of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones do?
(a) Creates a system of interrelated functions.
(b) It orients the arm and hand to make adjusting and tension-setting movements that keep the body upright.
(c) Forms a synergistic system.
(d) Creates tensions to enable movement.

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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 thumb.
(d) The number of digits.

10. 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.

11. Who is David who is mentioned in this chapter?
(a) Wilson's boyhood friend.
(b) An anonymous rock climber.
(c) Wilson's brother.
(d) Wilson's cousin.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Henry Plotkin propose intelligence is?

2. What does Charles Sherrington claim about the tip of the thumb and index finger?

3. What is the juggling riddle?

4. What is one activity the author mentions that the hand usually does in the morning?

5. What is pad-to-side?

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