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

2. What does Charles Sherrington claim about the tip of the thumb and index finger?

3. What is one activity the author mentions that the hand usually does in the morning?

4. What is one feature of the human hand that Marzke identifies?

5. Why was Serge Percelly told he had the eye for tennis?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Merlin Donald and what does he propose?

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

4. Who is George, and what does Wilson say about him?

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

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

7. What do humans need to move out of the jungle?

8. How did Duchenne demonstrate the physiology of movement?

9. What does Charles Bell believe about practice?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful work of non-fiction?

2. Analyze and discuss The Hand based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if The Hand is a successful work of non-fiction/memoir.

3. Is The Hand a book you would recommend to a friend? Why or why not? Explain.

4. Can a non-fictional book be successful and yet many readers not enjoy it? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Donald assumes speech is a primary enabler and the outcome of evolution in 1) cognitive capacity as representational or mimetic, 2) articulating speech, and 3) neural structure. Donald summarizes his ideas with the claim that humans did not simply grow larger brains, memories and speaking equipment but rather incorporated new ways to represent reality in their bigger brains.

1. Why would Donald call speech a primary enabler of evolution? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. What do you think Donald means by cognitive capacity as representational or mimetic? cognitive capacity as representational or mimetic

3. Why would the ability to remember the past be important to hominids' survival?

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