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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) Made them functional in other areas.
(b) Retrained itself not to use them for walking
(c) Developed other means of walking on all fours.
(d) Nothing.

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

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

4. What is the strength of a climber's grip on a rock face?
(a) Up to 50 pounds per square inch.
(b) Up to 80 pounds per square inch.
(c) Ups to 120 pound per square inch.
(d) There is no way to calculate that figure.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Galen discover?

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

4. What is one thing the thumb is uniquely able to do?

5. To what do marionettes exhibit similarities?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Wilson say about our hands and feet as we are about to waken and right after?

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

6. What is Wilson's "mission" with this book?

7. How did Duchenne demonstrate the physiology of movement?

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

9. 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"?

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

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