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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 did the brain do when the forelimbs were no longer used to walk?
(a) Made them functional in other areas.
(b) Developed other means of walking on all fours.
(c) Nothing.
(d) Retrained itself not to use them for walking

2. Up until a certain point, what separated the human hand from that of the ape's hand?
(a) The texture.
(b) The thumb.
(c) The number of digits.
(d) The size.

3. What is pad-to-side?
(a) A way to practice rock climbing.
(b) One type of grip.
(c) A way of moving the fingers.
(d) A way of rotating the wrist.

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

5. What does the addition and transport of weight by the upper body change?
(a) The buoyancy of the body.
(b) The ability to play a sport.
(c) The center of gravity.
(d) The speed at which the body can move.

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

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

8. According to Wilson, what did the expansion of territory by hominids require?
(a) Group cooperation.
(b) Good leadership.
(c) Inequality of the sexes.
(d) Equality of the sexes.

9. What does Henry Plotkin propose intelligence is?
(a) A genetically fixed amount.
(b) A secondary heuristic.
(c) A learned response.
(d) A primary heuristic.

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

11. What did hominids require in order to expand their range beyond the jungle?
(a) Agriculture.
(b) Opposing thumb.
(c) Brain evolution.
(d) Walking upright.

12. How many muscles that are attached to the thumb enable it to do its work?
(a) Four.
(b) About six.
(c) Twelve or thirteen.
(d) Eight or nine.

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

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

15. What is the ability to design and manufacture tools considered by Wilson?
(a) A problem-solving strategy.
(b) The way to take advantage of the hand's capabilities.
(c) The only way the brain can solve mechanical problems.
(d) The way humans evolve.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many types of grips does Mary Marzke classify?

2. What does juggling as learned and performed by Percelly provide?

3. What does Charles Bell say practice enables?

4. What does the author say is a choreographed skill?

5. What is one very important problem-solving strategy?

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