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

Frank R. Wilson
This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 134 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.
Buy The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture Lesson Plans
Name: _________________________ Period: ___________________

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What supports the conscious dimension of action?

2. What is the weight of the touch of a pianist's fingers on the keyboard?

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

4. How many features of the human hand does Mary Marzke identify?

5. What does the author attempt to do that is not a well-orchestrated pattern of learning from simple to more complex?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did Herophilus and Galen discover?

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

4. What does Charles Bell believe about practice?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does practice after learning do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Hand belongs to the non-fiction genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the non-fiction genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a non-fiction and a novel?

Essay Topic 2

Greenfield proposes a hierarchical rule generator in the human brain that overcomes naive childhood impulses. She claims to know how a child will solve her stick puzzle simply by knowing the child's age. The MIT Professor Jeanne Bamberger corroborates Greenfield's opinion referring to a "felt path" that she describes as "exactly how chimps would do it." Older children pass the "chimp stage" so that by eleven they are not orderly solvers but improvisers who behave with intelligence.

1. Do you think human children are as predictable as Greenfield asserts? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. The MIT Professor Jeanne Bamberger corroborates Greenfield's opinion referring to a "felt path" that she describes as "exactly how chimps would do it." What do you think is meant by this statement. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. Explain why improvising in solving problems is a higher form of intelligence than being orderly in solving a problem. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Wilson has cited a number of people in this book. Discuss he following:

1. Choose three people whom Wilson mentions positively and give a brief idea of his opinions about those three people (or stereotypes). Use examples from The Hand to support your answer.

2. Choose three people whom Wilson mentions negatively and give a brief idea of his opinions about those three people (or stereotypes). Use examples from The Hand to support your answer.

3. Judging what Wilson says about different people in his text, how would you characterize him as a friend? As a colleague? Use examples from The Hand to support your answer.

(see the answer keys)

This section contains 996 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture Lesson Plans
Copyrights
BookRags
The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture from BookRags. (c)2016 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.