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 Charles Sherrington, what are sensors to the target object?

3. Who is David who is mentioned in this chapter?

4. According to Wilson, why do children not usually enjoy doing juggling?

5. What is one puzzling concern the author mentions in this chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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"?

2. What is Wilson's "mission" with this book?

3. Who is Robin Dunbar and what does he propose?

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

5. What does Charles Bell believe about practice?

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

7. Explain the crane metaphor Wilson uses.

8. What does practice after learning do?

9. How did Duchenne demonstrate the physiology of movement?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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