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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. From where does Sherrington discover signals originate to cause movement?
(a) The blood.
(b) The muscle itself.
(c) The brain.
(d) The spinal cord.

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

3. What is one feature of the human hand that Marzke identifies?
(a) Longer thumb.
(b) Greater flexibility.
(c) Larger knuckles.
(d) Greater range.

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

5. 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 physical stamina.
(c) They do not have the necessary hand-eye coordination.
(d) They are too easily bored with trying to learn it.

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

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

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

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

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

11. What does juggling as learned and performed by Percelly provide?
(a) Good daily exercise.
(b) A way to have fun in becoming a better tennis player.
(c) A way to become a professional tennis player.
(d) An entertaining dimension to understanding the mind-body dichotomy.

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

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

14. What does the neocortex size reliably predict?
(a) Aggressiveness.
(b) Evolution rate.
(c) Group size.
(d) Intelligence.

15. How many features of the human hand does Mary Marzke identify?
(a) 8.
(b) 12.
(c) 2.
(d) 3.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the conscious dimension of action occur?

2. How long can a grip on a rock last for a climber?

3. What is one thing that shoulder and forearm development enabled?

4. What problem causes the author to reach a turning point in his thinking about the hand?

5. According to Charles Sherrington, what is a natural progression?

(see the answer keys)

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