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

2. What is the juggling riddle?
(a) How a juggler can hold two balls in each hand and juggle two.
(b) Asking riddles while you juggler to demonstrate your expertise.
(c) How three balls can be in motion yet one held in the hand at the same time.
(d) How many balls it takes a juggler to feel accomplished.

3. What helps maintain a skill that is learned?
(a) Nothing; once it's learned it is always available.
(b) The memory portion of the brain.
(c) Practice.
(d) Visualizing the skill daily.

4. Until recently, how have anthropologists perceived ape and human hands?
(a) As functionally very different.
(b) As structurally radically different.
(c) As structurally equivalent.
(d) As functionally equivalent.

5. What did hominids require in order to expand their range beyond the jungle?
(a) Agriculture.
(b) Brain evolution.
(c) Walking upright.
(d) Opposing thumb.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one puzzling concern the author mentions in this chapter?

2. How many fingers does George saw off his right hand by accident?

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

4. Up until a certain point, what separated the human hand from that of the ape's hand?

5. Who is Robin Dunbar?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does practice after learning do?

2. What do humans need to move out of the jungle?

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

4. 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"?

5. What does Charles Bell believe about practice?

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

7. What did Herophilus and Galen discover?

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

9. Who is David and how is he able to succeed at wrestling despite not being very strong?

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

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