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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. For what does the thumb have to be long enough?
(a) To touch the last finger at its base.
(b) To bend at a 90 degree angle.
(c) To reach the fingertips.
(d) To have two joints.

2. Who says that the hand and brain both speak to each other?
(a) Robertson Davies.
(b) Henry Plotkin.
(c) Frank Wilson.
(d) Merlin Donald.

3. How is the arm different from the leg in how it's attached to the body?
(a) The arm is suspended away from the body; whereas the leg is anchored to the body..
(b) The arm is attached by muscle rather than bone.
(c) The arm swings 180 degrees; whereas, the leg swings only 90 degrees.
(d) The arm is attached in several places; whereas, the leg is attached in only one place.

4. According to Wilson, how many problem-solving strategies are there that stand out above all others?
(a) 0.
(b) 3.
(c) 4.
(d) 2.

5. What is one feature of the human hand that Marzke identifies?
(a) Longer thumb.
(b) Greater flexibility.
(c) Larger knuckles.
(d) Greater range.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one term related to the scale of movement required by two hands acting in partnership?

2. What does the author say we are dependent upon that we rarely think about?

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

4. What is one thing that prompted the author to write this book on the hand?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the crane metaphor Wilson uses.

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

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

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

5. What aspects of the human capacity for passionate, creative work does Wilson illustrate?

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

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

8. How did Duchenne demonstrate the physiology of movement?

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

10. What does Charles Bell believe about practice?

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