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

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

3. What does juggling as learned and performed by Percelly provide?
(a) A way to become a professional tennis player.
(b) Good daily exercise.
(c) An entertaining dimension to understanding the mind-body dichotomy.
(d) A way to have fun in becoming a better tennis player.

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

5. What does the author attempt to do that is not a well-orchestrated pattern of learning from simple to more complex?
(a) Brain surgery.
(b) Build a model airplane.
(c) Playing the saxophone.
(d) Playing the piano.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many muscles that are attached to the thumb enable it to do its work?

2. Why was Serge Percelly told he had the eye for tennis?

3. What problem causes the author to reach a turning point in his thinking about the hand?

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

5. How long can a grip on a rock last for a climber?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How did Duchenne demonstrate the physiology of movement?

6. 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"?

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

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

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

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

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