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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. From what does the word neuron derive its meaning?
(a) A Greek word for cord or fiber.
(b) A Slavic word for transmit.
(c) A Latin word for cord or fiber.
(d) A Slavic word for entangle

2. To what was the pre-human arm metaphorically compared?
(a) A construction crane and its operator.
(b) A whooping crane and its beak.
(c) A block and tackle.
(d) A fulcrum.

3. What does the author say is a choreographed skill?
(a) Making breakfast while on the phone and reading the newspaper.
(b) Making sure a person performs all their morning abulations.
(c) The way the hand performs thousands of activities.
(d) Getting the children ready for school while planning your day at the office.

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

5. Why was Serge Percelly told he had the eye for tennis?
(a) He could see where the ball was going and meet it there.
(b) His hand-eye coordination was above average.
(c) His retina had more nerves endings than average.
(d) His forearms were unusually well developed.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one puzzling concern the author mentions in this chapter?

2. Why is now known to be important that originally was not thought to be so during early studies?

3. What supports the conscious dimension of action?

4. According to Wilson, what did the expansion of territory by hominids require?

5. Who describes the hand as the "consummation of all perfection as an instrument"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Robin Dunbar and what does he propose?

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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"?

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

9. How did Duchenne demonstrate the physiology of movement?

10. Explain the crane metaphor Wilson uses.

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