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 is the author of Awareness Through Movement?

2. What level is the American Sign Language classified as?

3. What did the fruits and flowers provide?

4. What do Lucy and her descendants get used to doing?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the author think about concerning a high school language teacher?

3. What does eating at LuLu teach Wilson?

4. Explain the term "BackTur."

5. What must chefs do to create a meal?

6. What type of therapy is used in many cultures and to what does it go back?

7. What does Plotkin say about secondary heuristics?

8. What does Wilson say about stone knapping?

9. What are Wilson's conclusions about musical talent or heuristic?

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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