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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. Who is Reed Hearon?
(a) Wilson's co-writer.
(b) The most famous chef in the United States.
(c) The owner of LuLu's restaurant.
(d) A math professor at Yale.

2. What is a polylith?
(a) An object made of joined units or subassemblies.
(b) An object made completely of fibers.
(c) A drawing that is three dimensional.
(d) A drawing with several layers.

3. To what is Franz Liszt compared?
(a) Rodin.
(b) Darwin's theory of survival of the fittest.
(c) Mozart's ability to create music at a very early age.
(d) Michelangelo.

4. How does Wilson learn that cooking is a specific skill using hands to produce an immediate sense of achievement?
(a) Working as a meal planner in a posh restaurant.
(b) Working as a sous chef.
(c) Talking with Reed.
(d) Eating at LuLu's restaurant

5. What does Wilson say laboring in the kitchen takes?
(a) The ability to distinguish among subtle flavors.
(b) Strong physical stamina.
(c) Strong emotional health.
(d) The ability to ignore heat.

6. What skills does Wilson say today's warriors learn?
(a) Hunting and gathering.
(b) Those needed to wield skillets, pots and pans after chopping and slicing in kitchens.
(c) Fishing and hunting.
(d) Hunting.

7. What does right-handed knapping tend to do?
(a) Makes the left hand atrophy.
(b) Makes the knapper more proficient with both hands.
(c) Produce more flakes than left-handed knapping.
(d) Makes the knapper more create in how s/he makes the tool.

8. To what does Kathleen Gibson attribute human intelligence?
(a) The ability to interpret abstract ideas.
(b) Opposable thumbs.
(c) Dense brain tissue.
(d) An insatiable curiosity to discover something new.

9. What is aphasia?
(a) A motor impairment that affects the hand.
(b) A way of charting the areas of the brain.
(c) A language impairment.
(d) A disease that limits the function of the medulla.

10. With whom does the University of New Mexico perform a study about communicative movements?
(a) Harvard.
(b) UCLA.
(c) Gallaudet University.
(d) Stanford University.

11. What rule does Greenfield propose?
(a) A rule that a person uses to decide what skills to develop.
(b) A rule that illustrates how a child can sometimes change hand dominence.
(c) A rule that illustrates how an adult can sometimes change hand dominence.
(d) A hierarchical rule generator.

12. What can can restore feeling to one who has lost a sense of connection with their body and enable movement again?
(a) Regeneration of nerve cells.
(b) Visualization.
(c) Small jolts of electricity to muscles.
(d) The awareness of the effect of the brain on controlling movement.

13. What do some scientists say practicing a skill using one hand more frequently than the other does?
(a) Makes them better at that skill with that hand.
(b) Creates a uneven situation that's difficult to correct.
(c) Causes a chemical inbalance.
(d) Creates an unbalance in the brain.

14. What is ChomTur?
(a) A term for specialized control mechanisms of thought.
(b) A rubric for studying speech patterns.
(c) A rubric for studying brain wave patterns.
(d) The term for specialized control mechanisms of language.

15. What do some people claim is not biologically relevant?
(a) Art.
(b) Music.
(c) Language.
(d) Sex.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Chomsky, how many brain tasks are required for speaking language?

2. What helps the high school teacher?

3. What provides visuomotor perception for a doctor?

4. What often dictates which hand is dominate?

5. What does the Israeli physicist desire to do rather than increasing muscle strength in a paralyzed person?

(see the answer keys)

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