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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 the strength of a climber's grip on a rock face?
(a) There is no way to calculate that figure.
(b) Ups to 120 pound per square inch.
(c) Up to 50 pounds per square inch.
(d) Up to 80 pounds per square inch.

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

3. How many key strokes per second can a pianist reach?
(a) 12.
(b) 3.
(c) 8.
(d) 20.

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

5. What does the author say we are dependent upon that we rarely think about?
(a) Our hands.
(b) Our food.
(c) Our interaction with others.
(d) Our appointment books.

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

7. What does Galvani discover about electrical forces?
(a) The are initiators of action.
(b) They are charged either negative or positive.
(c) They are shorted out by a muscle's contractions.
(d) They are emitted by a muscle's contractions.

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

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

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

11. What problem causes the author to reach a turning point in his thinking about the hand?
(a) Musician's cramp.
(b) A stroke.
(c) A finger amputation.
(d) A broken wrist.

12. What is one thing that shoulder and forearm development enabled?
(a) The ability to carve.
(b) The ability to throw objects.
(c) The ability to catch objects.
(d) The ability to hunt.

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

14. How does the conscious dimension of action occur?
(a) With the movement itself.
(b) With the unconscious thought first.
(c) With the thought of moving.
(d) There is no conscious dimension of action.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the addition and transport of weight by the upper body change?

2. How many muscles that are attached to the thumb enable it to do its work?

3. What does Duchenne figure out how to demonstrate?

4. According to Wilson, why do children not usually enjoy doing juggling?

5. What does Frederick Wood Jones note about the hand?

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