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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 did the brain do when the forelimbs were no longer used to walk?
(a) Retrained itself not to use them for walking
(b) Nothing.
(c) Made them functional in other areas.
(d) Developed other means of walking on all fours.

2. What does the addition and transport of weight by the upper body change?
(a) The ability to play a sport.
(b) The buoyancy of the body.
(c) The speed at which the body can move.
(d) The center of gravity.

3. Who is Sir Charles Bell?
(a) A famous Scottish composer.
(b) A famous Irish composer.
(c) A Scottish surgeon who is a contemporary of Charles Darwin.
(d) The only British doctor who performs surgery even after the loss of one hand.

4. What operator has to do to anticipate load weight and wind changes?
(a) An elevator operator.
(b) A grain elevator operator.
(c) A crane operator.
(d) A bulldozer operator.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the brain teach itself in order to juggle?

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

3. What is one thing that demonstrates the integration of movement in the shoulder, arm and hand?

4. What does Galen discover?

5. Who is David who is mentioned in this chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Wilson say about stone knapping?

2. What does the addition and transport of weight to the body cause?

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

4. What is the result of global climate changes 65 million years ago?

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

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

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

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

9. What is one thing that influences which hand is dominant and what are a couple other characteristics that are often associated with one dominant hand or the other?

10. How has the hand been used throughout its long history?

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