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

2. How does David compensate for his lack of strength?
(a) With his mental and psychological edge.
(b) By competiting with younger wrestlers.
(c) By competiting in a lower weight group.
(d) By cheating.

3. From where does Sherrington discover signals originate to cause movement?
(a) The muscle itself.
(b) The brain.
(c) The blood.
(d) The spinal cord.

4. What does Charles Sherrington claim about the tip of the thumb and index finger?
(a) They are treated like the sensitive part of the retina.
(b) They are unable to feel tiny movements.
(c) They are unable to distinguish different types of movement.
(d) They have more nerve endings than the other fingers.

5. Where in Europe does Wilson take his interest in the performance problems of musicians?
(a) France.
(b) Spain.
(c) Germany.
(d) Italy.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Wilson, how many problem-solving strategies are there that stand out above all others?

2. To what was the pre-human arm metaphorically compared?

3. What operator has to do to anticipate load weight and wind changes?

4. To what do marionettes exhibit similarities?

5. Where does the hand's optimal strength lie when rock climbing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What did Herophilus and Galen discover?

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

9. How did Duchenne demonstrate the physiology of movement?

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

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