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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. How many key strokes per second can a pianist reach?
(a) 20.
(b) 8.
(c) 3.
(d) 12.

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

3. Who is David who is mentioned in this chapter?
(a) Wilson's brother.
(b) Wilson's cousin.
(c) An anonymous rock climber.
(d) Wilson's boyhood friend.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Charles Sherrington claim about the tip of the thumb and index finger?

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

3. How many features of the human hand does Mary Marzke identify?

4. What is the juggling riddle?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Duchenne demonstrate the physiology of movement?

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

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

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

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

6. What does Mary Marzke classify and how does she do so?

7. What two terms does Duchenne propose for the scale of movement required by two hands acting in partnership?

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

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

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