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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the weight of the touch of a pianist's fingers on the keyboard?
(a) Less than three ounces per square inch.
(b) About eight ounces per square inch.
(c) About twelve ounces per square inch.
(d) About three pounds per square inch.

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

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

4. What supports the conscious dimension of action?
(a) The conscious intent to move.
(b) The unconscious image of movement.
(c) The brain.
(d) The unconscious interaction of the neuromuscular system.

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

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

7. How does the brain teach itself in order to juggle?
(a) By learning how to trigger groups of muscles rather than individual muscles.
(b) By making the brain and hand work together.
(c) By learning how to trigger individual muscles rather than groups of muscles.
(d) By requiring the juggler to repeat a motion over and over.

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

9. What operator has to do to anticipate load weight and wind changes?
(a) A bulldozer operator.
(b) A grain elevator operator.
(c) An elevator operator.
(d) A crane operator.

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

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

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

13. How does a goat eat a piece of candy?
(a) Sometimes just the wrapper and sometimes just the candy.
(b) Just the candy.
(c) The wrapper and the candy.
(d) Just the wrapper.

14. What is one term related to the scale of movement required by two hands acting in partnership?
(a) Iconometric.
(b) Macromedian.
(c) Macrometric.
(d) Melometric.

15. What does Duchenne figure out how to demonstrate?
(a) The way a muscle expands in order to pull.
(b) The way a muscle contracts in order to push.
(c) The physiology of movement.
(d) The way an electrical charge stops movement.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the brain do when the forelimbs were no longer used to walk?

2. What is the critical significance of the paddle in Duchenne's model?

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

4. How does David compensate for his lack of strength?

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

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