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

2. How does a goat eat a piece of candy?
(a) Sometimes just the wrapper and sometimes just the candy.
(b) The wrapper and the candy.
(c) Just the candy.
(d) Just the wrapper.

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

4. What is one thing that prompted the author to write this book on the hand?
(a) His father getting arthritis and his left hand becoming non-functional.
(b) His trying to learn to play a video game.
(c) His taking tennis lessons.
(d) His learning to play the piano.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is one thing that shoulder and forearm development enabled?

3. How does John Napier identify the terms "power grip" and "precision grip"?

4. According to Charles Sherrington, what is a natural progression?

5. To what do marionettes exhibit similarities?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the eight features of the human hand according to Mary Marzke?

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

4. How were the ape and human hands compared anatomically until recently?

5. What is the connection between marionettes and the human muscle and tendon configuration in the arms and legs?

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

7. Who is Merlin Donald and what does he propose?

8. What does Wilson say about juggling as a pastime?

9. What two terms does Duchenne propose for the scale of movement required by two hands acting in partnership?

10. How is the arm different from the leg in how it is attached to the body, and which parts of the upper body corresponds to the "folding crane"?

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