The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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. How does David control the horses he raises?

2. What does the author say comes to life even before you rise out of bed in the morning?

3. What does juggling as learned and performed by Percelly provide?

4. Who is Robin Dunbar?

5. Why does the author say juggling might be considered a pastime that accomplishes nothing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who is David and how is he able to succeed at wrestling despite not being very strong?

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

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

7. What puzzles Frank Wilson about rock climbing and piano playing? Why?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Frank R. Wilson.

2. What in Wilson's background may have helped him in writing The Hand? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her books? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Mary Marzke follows up on Napier's initial work to classify three types of grip that are defined as pad-to-side, three-jawed chuck and five-jawed cradle. Describe the three types of grips in detail and discuss why you do or do not agree with Marzke that there are only three types of grips. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. What are the eight features of the human hand that Marzke discusses and why are they important? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. Describe what you think is the single most important modification of the ape hand to human society and why you think it is. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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