The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture Test | Final Test - Easy

Frank R. Wilson
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Greenfield say she knows how a child will solve Greenfield's stick puzzle?
(a) By knowing if the child can read.
(b) By knowing the child's age.
(c) By observing which foot the child starts out on when walking.
(d) By observing which thumb is larger.

2. 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) Causes a chemical inbalance.
(c) Creates an unbalance in the brain.
(d) Creates a uneven situation that's difficult to correct.

3. What did ground mammals eat at this time?
(a) Mostly birds.
(b) Just small rodents.
(c) Vegetarian matter or carnivores.
(d) Mostly nuts and grass.

4. What is one level of communicative movement?
(a) Iconic eye movements.
(b) Iconic hand gestures.
(c) Sitting in a lotus position.
(d) Lying in a fetal position.

5. To what is primate grooming connected?
(a) Human grooming.
(b) Learning ways to use the hands.
(c) Hands-on therapy.
(d) Learning dexterity.

6. What does Wilson say is an emotional experience?
(a) Interacting with an aclaimed chef.
(b) Completing a perfect, nine-course meal.
(c) Learning a new skill.
(d) Food.

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

8. What is one thing today's chef must have?
(a) The skills of a warrior.
(b) A good nose for smelling.
(c) Dedication.
(d) Discretion.

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

10. Why does the high school language teacher quit teaching?
(a) She decides to go into the military.
(b) She wants to be a stay-at-home mom.
(c) Her left side becomes paralyzed.
(d) She decides to go back to school.

11. What do both knapping and rock climbing require?
(a) Contractions and relaxations.
(b) Just contractions.
(c) Just relaxations.
(d) Smooth and non-smooth muscles.

12. What distinguishes a proficient surgeon from a mediocre one?
(a) Where one trains.
(b) I. Q
(c) Manual dexterity.
(d) Analysis and perceptual organization.

13. By what age do most young children begin to make sentences?
(a) 1.
(b) 3.
(c) 2.
(d) 6 months.

14. What is a "laterality quotient"?
(a) A way to decide if one hand will perform a task or the other.
(b) A spectrum of use.
(c) A quotient the brain evolves to determine dominance.
(d) A spectrum of handedness.

15. What does Wilson wonder about his daughter?
(a) How she makes her fingers move so fast over the piano keyboard?
(b) If her stuttering was what leads to her abilities as a musician.
(c) If her fingers could move faster over the piano keyboard.
(d) If she can rock climb since she is an accomplished musician.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. To whom does Wilson refer for information on heuristics of language and music?

3. What is a second language requirement?

4. Who coins the term ChomTur?

5. What does right-handed knapping tend to do?

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