The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture Test | Lesson Plans 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. 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

There are a number of interesting questions raised by The Hand. Questions that Wilson most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Wilson's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Wilson's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Wilson and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

Essay Topic 2

The human brain accounts for intelligence or the ability to discover, weigh and relate facts to solve problems. Wilson claims there are two problem-solving strategies that stand out. They are the ability to design and manufacture a large, diverse, specialized inventory of tools and the use of words established by agreement among people as codes and symbols to stand for a real-world object or process.

1. Explain, in depth, why the ability to discover, weigh, and relate facts is a good measure of intelligence. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Explain why the ability to design and manufacture tools is an important survival skill and problem solving ability. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. Explain how language consists of agreements about codes and symbols among people. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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