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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 Charles Sherrington claim about the tip of the thumb and index finger?
(a) They have more nerve endings than the other fingers.
(b) They are treated like the sensitive part of the retina.
(c) They are unable to distinguish different types of movement.
(d) They are unable to feel tiny movements.

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

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

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

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

6. What is the hand's optimal position over the keyboard?
(a) With the palm slightly convex.
(b) With the fingers fairly rigid.
(c) A gentle curve.
(d) With the fingers spread as far as possible.

7. What does Herophilus discover?
(a) Neurons can regenerate.
(b) Neurons cannot regenerate.
(c) Some neurons connect muscles to the spinal cord; whereas, other connect muscles to bone.
(d) The muscles along the spinal cord are denser because of the neurons packed in them.

8. Why is now known to be important that originally was not thought to be so during early studies?
(a) The thumb.
(b) Length of digits.
(c) Strength.
(d) Flexibility.

9. How many types of grips does Mary Marzke classify?
(a) 15.
(b) 10.
(c) 1.
(d) 3.

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

11. From what does the word neuron derive its meaning?
(a) A Greek word for cord or fiber.
(b) A Latin word for cord or fiber.
(c) A Slavic word for entangle
(d) A Slavic word for transmit.

12. How does David control the horses he raises?
(a) His mind.
(b) Behavior modification.
(c) Rope and harness.
(d) A touch of his hand.

13. What does Frederick Wood Jones note about the hand?
(a) It is only as good as the mind wishes it to be.
(b) It can be an instrument of good or evil.
(c) It is not as important as the tongue.
(d) It is actually the brain in control rather than the hand.

14. Who says that the hand and brain both speak to each other?
(a) Robertson Davies.
(b) Frank Wilson.
(c) Merlin Donald.
(d) Henry Plotkin.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Galen discover?

2. According to Wilson, why do children not usually enjoy doing juggling?

3. What is the strength of a climber's grip on a rock face?

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

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

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