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Frank R. Wilson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is paleoanthropology?

3. According to Charles Sherrington, what is a natural progression?

4. What does Henry Plotkin propose intelligence is?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Jeanne Bamberger and what does Wilson write about her work?

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

3. How does Seymour Sarason believe education can succeed?

4. Who is Patricia Greenfield and what does she theorize?

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

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

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

8. What does Charles Bell believe about practice?

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

10. What does Plotkin say about secondary heuristics?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss, in depth, the following statements using examples from the text to support your answer:

1. Writing and drawing relate to many other skills using small tools by both right and left-handers.

2. Throwing and throwing arm choice correlates with other whole body skills.

3. Right-handers both write and throw with that hand, whereas left-hand writers throw with right hands in one-half the cases and have stronger, larger right-hand thumbs and kick with a right foot.

Essay Topic 2

Hands can learn to function in a complementary partnership, become an articulate organ with which to express oneself and associate complex motor linkages of hand and brain.

1. Give three examples of hands working as complementary partners and explain, in depth, those examples. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. What does the author mean by the following statement? Hands can become an articulate organ with which to express itself. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. What does the author mean by the following statement? Hands can associate complex motor linkages of hand and brain. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Anatomically, ape and human hands have been, until recently, considered functionally equivalent by anthropologists. The prehuman arm, however, was considered functionally and anatomically different metaphorically by analysis to a construction crane and its operator.

1. Explain the metaphor of the prehuman being related to a crane. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Explain what part of the body is the crane operator in the above metaphor and how it relates to the use of the hand. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. Discuss the following statement in relation to modern human society. When the forelimbs were relieved of the duty to walk on and support body weight, the brain enabled them to become functional in many other areas and skills. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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