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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. Where does the hand's optimal strength lie when rock climbing?
(a) Heel of hand.
(b) Grip.
(c) Position.
(d) Fingertips.

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

3. According to Charles Sherrington, what is a natural progression?
(a) Juggling with increasing number of objects.
(b) The learning of focus.
(c) The learning of motor skills.
(d) Using intent.

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

5. Who describes the hand as the "consummation of all perfection as an instrument"?
(a) Sir Francis Hemmington.
(b) Issac Newton.
(c) Francis Bacon.
(d) Sir Charles Bell.

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

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

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

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

10. According to Wilson, why do children not usually enjoy doing juggling?
(a) They do not the the necessary concentration.
(b) They do not have the necessary hand-eye coordination.
(c) They are too easily bored with trying to learn it.
(d) They do not have the necessary physical stamina.

11. Who is Robin Dunbar?
(a) A professor of biology.
(b) A professor of genealogy.
(c) A professor of archeology.
(d) A professor of anthropology.

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

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

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

15. What does Galen discover?
(a) Muscles cannot pull without ligaments acting in opposition.
(b) Ligaments pull muscles in the same direction for pulling and in opposite directions for pushing
(c) Pairs of muscles are required to pull against each other for action.
(d) Pairs of muscles must pull in the same direction for action.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was Serge Percelly told he had the eye for tennis?

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

3. What is the ability to design and manufacture tools considered by Wilson?

4. According to Wilson, how many problem-solving strategies are there that stand out above all others?

5. According to Charles Sherrington, what are sensors to the target object?

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