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Frank R. Wilson
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Charles Bell say practice enables?
(a) The juggler to talk and juggle at the same time.
(b) The hand and eye to develop as sense organs.
(c) The juggler to juggle and chew gum at the same time.
(d) The juggler to manage a dozen or more objects.

3. Where does the hand's optimal strength lie when rock climbing?
(a) Grip.
(b) Fingertips.
(c) Heel of hand.
(d) Position.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the author attempt to do that is not a well-orchestrated pattern of learning from simple to more complex?

3. What helps maintain a skill that is learned?

4. How does David control the horses he raises?

5. For what does the thumb have to be long enough?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has to happen in order for the thumb to be useful?

2. What puzzles Frank Wilson about rock climbing and piano playing? Why?

3. According to Wilson, what are the two problem-solving strategies that stand out?

4. What aspects of the human capacity for passionate, creative work does Wilson illustrate?

5. What terms does John Napier use that mean essentially the same as "prehensile" and "non-prehensile" and what do the terms mean?

6. What does Wilson propose as the juggling riddle, and why do children not aspire to juggle?

7. How did Duchenne demonstrate the physiology of movement?

8. Who is Robin Dunbar and what does he propose?

9. How does the touch of the pianist differ from that of the rock climber?

10. Who is George, and what does Wilson say about him?

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