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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. Who describes the hand as the "consummation of all perfection as an instrument"?
(a) Issac Newton.
(b) Francis Bacon.
(c) Sir Charles Bell.
(d) Sir Francis Hemmington.

2. How does David compensate for his lack of strength?
(a) With his mental and psychological edge.
(b) By competiting in a lower weight group.
(c) By cheating.
(d) By competiting with younger wrestlers.

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

4. What is one thing that prompted the author to write this book on the hand?
(a) His trying to learn to play a video game.
(b) His taking tennis lessons.
(c) His father getting arthritis and his left hand becoming non-functional.
(d) His learning to play the piano.

5. What is the other main reason the author writes this book on the hand?
(a) His work as a orthopedic doctor.
(b) His work as a neurologist.
(c) His work as an art teacher.
(d) His work as a painter.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who is David who is mentioned in this chapter?

3. What does the coordination of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones do?

4. On the other hand, why might juggling have a use?

5. What did hominids require in order to expand their range beyond the jungle?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Charles Bell believe about practice?

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

3. What did Herophilus and Galen discover?

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. Who is Robin Dunbar and what does he propose?

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

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

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

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

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