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. From what does the word neuron derive its meaning?

2. Until recently, how have anthropologists perceived ape and human hands?

3. How does David compensate for his lack of strength?

4. What does Herophilus discover?

5. What does the author say is a choreographed skill?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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"?

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

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

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

6. What did Herophilus and Galen discover?

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

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

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

10. What does Wilson propose as the juggling riddle, and why do children not aspire to juggle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss, in depth, the following statements using examples from the text to support your answer:

1. Writing and drawing relate to many other skills using small tools by both right and left-handers.

2. Throwing and throwing arm choice correlates with other whole body skills.

3. Right-handers both write and throw with that hand, whereas left-hand writers throw with right hands in one-half the cases and have stronger, larger right-hand thumbs and kick with a right foot.

Essay Topic 2

Wilson claims the brain and musculoskeletal systems evolve by changing structure and function over time, the bipedal gait and upper limb changes are characteristic of the hominid line distinct from primates, and the driving force of hominid brain evolution is the brain and society as hominids expand their range beyond the jungle into other habitats.

1. Explain what Wilson means by the brain and musculoskeletal systems changing structure and function. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Discuss, in depth, how the bipedal gait and upper limbs differ between hominids and apes. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. Discuss reasons you think expanding the range of habitats made the hominid more intelligent. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Wilson reflects on the notion that each of us evolve over time in our own lives by unifying body and spirit through personal growth and learning. For example, Percelly and David both cross paths of trouble and opportunity mixed with family and tribal routines to try new skills or combinations. These new-found abilities are part of their repertoire that becomes useful to them and can be passed on to others.

1. Explain why Wilson might believe that personal growth helps unite the spirit and the body. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Discuss the ways in which having trouble in a person's life could be an opportunity. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. Discuss ways in which a person in a family or group or tribe learning new skills might benefit the entire group. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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