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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

Hands can learn to function in a complementary partnership, become an articulate organ with which to express oneself and associate complex motor linkages of hand and brain.

1. Give three examples of hands working as complementary partners and explain, in depth, those examples. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. What does the author mean by the following statement? Hands can become an articulate organ with which to express itself. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. What does the author mean by the following statement? Hands can associate complex motor linkages of hand and brain. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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

Through the ages of human history Wilson explores cultural transformation of human paths and posits the "permanent immaturity" of a human brain. Wilson's underlying thesis is that people are born resourceful. Over time and experience, they adapt and evolve to become skillful and thoughtful.

1. Explain, in detail what is meant by "permanent immaturity" of a human brain. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Discuss two ways in which humans have adapted to their environment. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. Explain how becoming more skillful and thoughtful is related to evolution. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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