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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 Duchenne figure out how to demonstrate?
(a) The way a muscle contracts in order to push.
(b) The physiology of movement.
(c) The way an electrical charge stops movement.
(d) The way a muscle expands in order to pull.

2. What does the author say we are dependent upon that we rarely think about?
(a) Our interaction with others.
(b) Our hands.
(c) Our food.
(d) Our appointment books.

3. What is the hand considered in the metaphor in number 26?
(a) The beak.
(b) The bucket.
(c) The block.
(d) The balance beam.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where in Europe does Wilson take his interest in the performance problems of musicians?

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

3. What helps maintain a skill that is learned?

4. What is the other main reason the author writes this book on the hand?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Explain the crane metaphor Wilson uses.

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

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

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

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

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