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

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

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

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

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

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

7. According to Charles Sherrington, what are sensors to the target object?
(a) The retina and fingertips.
(b) The palm and the nerves in the cerebral cortex.
(c) The fngertips and the palm.
(d) The retina and the palm.

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

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

10. How long can a grip on a rock last for a climber?
(a) It is incalculable.
(b) Forty seconds.
(c) Twenty seconds.
(d) Several minutes.

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

12. Where in Europe does Wilson take his interest in the performance problems of musicians?
(a) Spain.
(b) Germany.
(c) France.
(d) Italy.

13. How is the arm different from the leg in how it's attached to the body?
(a) The arm is suspended away from the body; whereas the leg is anchored to the body..
(b) The arm is attached in several places; whereas, the leg is attached in only one place.
(c) The arm is attached by muscle rather than bone.
(d) The arm swings 180 degrees; whereas, the leg swings only 90 degrees.

14. How does John Napier identify the terms "power grip" and "precision grip"?
(a) "Prehensile" and "non-prehensile."
(b) Wrestler and soccer goalie.
(c) Climber and piano player.
(d) He does not distinguish between the two.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the weight of the touch of a pianist's fingers on the keyboard?

2. How does a goat eat a piece of candy?

3. Who is Robin Dunbar?

4. What enables the human to weigh and relate facts to solve problems?

5. What sport does David participate in during High School?

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