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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 is now known to be important that originally was not thought to be so during early studies?
(a) Flexibility.
(b) The thumb.
(c) Strength.
(d) Length of digits.

2. Until recently, how have anthropologists perceived ape and human hands?
(a) As functionally equivalent.
(b) As structurally equivalent.
(c) As structurally radically different.
(d) As functionally very different.

3. According to Charles Sherrington, what are sensors to the target object?
(a) The fngertips and the palm.
(b) The retina and fingertips.
(c) The retina and the palm.
(d) The palm and the nerves in the cerebral cortex.

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

5. What does Charles Bell say practice enables?
(a) The juggler to talk and juggle at the same time.
(b) The hand and eye to develop as sense organs.
(c) The juggler to manage a dozen or more objects.
(d) The juggler to juggle and chew gum at the same time.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does a goat eat a piece of candy?

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

3. What is one thing that shoulder and forearm development enabled?

4. What does Merlin Donald's theory of cultural and cognitive evolution propose?

5. How many key strokes per second can a pianist reach?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Wilson say about juggling as a pastime?

6. How did Duchenne demonstrate the physiology of movement?

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

8. 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"?

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

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

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