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. Up until a certain point, what separated the human hand from that of the ape's hand?

2. According to Wilson, what did the expansion of territory by hominids require?

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

4. How long can a grip on a rock last for a climber?

5. What does the coordination of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What terms does John Napier use that mean essentially the same as "prehensile" and "non-prehensile" and what do the terms mean?

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

3. How is the arm different from the leg in how it is attached to the body, and which parts of the upper body corresponds to the "folding crane"?

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

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

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

7. What does practice after learning do?

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 does Wilson say about juggling as a pastime?

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

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. Charles Bell asserts that practice enables the hand and eye to develop as sense organs so the brain teaches itself by making the hand and eye work together. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Charles Sherrington claims the tip of the thumb and index finger are treated by the brain like the sensitive part of the retina. He claims the eye is drawn to the object automatically and the hand with its sensitive fingers grasps it. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. A biologic clock develops to set an internal time reference relative to the time used in a sequence of motion--for example, the time it takes for a ball to fall. Practice improves the sense of timing but a teacher or coach can help to sequence the process and eliminate making the same mistakes. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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