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

2. What enables the human to weigh and relate facts to solve problems?
(a) The hands.
(b) The heart.
(c) The soul.
(d) The brain.

3. Why does the author say juggling might be considered a pastime that accomplishes nothing?
(a) It has no purpose.
(b) It does not earn you any money.
(c) It returns all items used back to their original state.
(d) It replaces the energy it uses but there is not net gain.

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

5. According to Charles Sherrington, what are sensors to the target object?
(a) The fngertips and the palm.
(b) The palm and the nerves in the cerebral cortex.
(c) The retina and the palm.
(d) The retina and fingertips.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is the arm different from the leg in how it's attached to the body?

2. What is the other main reason the author writes this book on the hand?

3. From what does the word neuron derive its meaning?

4. What does Galvani discover about electrical forces?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are Australopithecines and what is an example of one?

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

5. Explain the crane metaphor Wilson uses.

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

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

8. 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"?

9. What does Charles Bell believe about practice?

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

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