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

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

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

4. 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 a juggler can hold two balls in each hand and juggle two.
(d) How three balls can be in motion yet one held in the hand at the same time.

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

6. What does the author attempt to do that is not a well-orchestrated pattern of learning from simple to more complex?
(a) Brain surgery.
(b) Playing the piano.
(c) Build a model airplane.
(d) Playing the saxophone.

7. What does the author say is a choreographed skill?
(a) Making breakfast while on the phone and reading the newspaper.
(b) Making sure a person performs all their morning abulations.
(c) Getting the children ready for school while planning your day at the office.
(d) The way the hand performs thousands of activities.

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

9. Who is David who is mentioned in this chapter?
(a) An anonymous rock climber.
(b) Wilson's boyhood friend.
(c) Wilson's cousin.
(d) Wilson's brother.

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

11. How does David compensate for his lack of strength?
(a) With his mental and psychological edge.
(b) By competiting with younger wrestlers.
(c) By cheating.
(d) By competiting in a lower weight group.

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

13. What is one activity the author mentions that the hand usually does in the morning?
(a) Grooms the dog.
(b) Conducts a symphony.
(c) Plays with a football.
(d) Twisting a water faucet.

14. What problem causes the author to reach a turning point in his thinking about the hand?
(a) A finger amputation.
(b) A stroke.
(c) A broken wrist.
(d) Musician's cramp.

15. What is one very important problem-solving strategy?
(a) Farming.
(b) Language.
(c) Organizing.
(d) Creating tribes.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what was the pre-human arm metaphorically compared?

2. What does the hand "think" about as it helps you get ready for the day?

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

4. What is the hand's optimal position over the keyboard?

5. How many muscles that are attached to the thumb enable it to do its work?

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