The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture Test | Final 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. Who must suspend their disbelief?

2. What does Feldenkrais facilitate?

3. What area of the brain do scientists believe is specialized for language?

4. What does Wilson say laboring in the kitchen takes?

5. With whom does the University of New Mexico perform a study about communicative movements?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Feldenkrais say about how parents can inhibit their child's abilities?

2. Why does Wilson bring up his friend Jack Schaefer?

3. Upon what does early medicine rely?

4. What must chefs do to create a meal?

5. What is one of medicine's oldest links and how does it work?

6. What is the result of global climate changes 65 million years ago?

7. Who is Jeanne Bamberger and what does Wilson write about her work?

8. Who is Patricia Greenfield and what does she theorize?

9. What do medicine and magic have in common?

10. What does William Calvin believe about female apes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. A puzzling consideration for the author is the hand's ability to be adept at rock-climbing and piano-playing. What do you think is meant by this statement? Use examples from The Hand to support your answer.

2. The human hand is a tool that functions at a wide variety and range of speed and strength. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. The hand function clinician John Napier identifies the terms "power grip" and "precision grip" by defining "prehensile" and "non-prehensile" movement. Explain the terms in the above sentence. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Anatomically, ape and human hands have been, until recently, considered functionally equivalent by anthropologists. The prehuman arm, however, was considered functionally and anatomically different metaphorically by analysis to a construction crane and its operator.

1. Explain the metaphor of the prehuman being related to a crane. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Explain what part of the body is the crane operator in the above metaphor and how it relates to the use of the hand. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. Discuss the following statement in relation to modern human society. When the forelimbs were relieved of the duty to walk on and support body weight, the brain enabled them to become functional in many other areas and skills. 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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