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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. What rule does Greenfield propose?
2. Who is Anat?
3. Who coins the term ChomTur?
4. What level is the American Sign Language classified as?
5. What skills does Wilson say today's warriors learn?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Plotkin say about secondary heuristics?
2. Upon what does early medicine rely?
3. Who is Jeanne Bamberger and what does Wilson write about her work?
4. What does eating at LuLu teach Wilson?
5. What type of therapy is used in many cultures and to what does it go back?
6. What must chefs do to create a meal?
7. What is the result of global climate changes 65 million years ago?
8. What area of the brain seems to be specialized for language and for how long has this are been adapted for language?
9. What do medicine and magic have in common?
10. What two brain task does Noam Chomsky say are necessary for an individual to speak a language?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
In order for hominids to expand their range into habitats beyond the jungle, they required continuing brain evolution. The expansion of territory by hominids took group cooperation for survival. A professor of biology from the University of Liverpool named Robin Dunbar proposes a theory of brain growth, language and intelligence to correlate neocortex, brain size, with a stable group or tribe.
1. Explain how greater intelligence enabled hominids to leave the jungle. Use examples from the text to support your answer.
2. Explain, in depth, why cooperation among hominids would be an important aspect of survival. Use examples from the text to support your answer.
3. Discuss ways in which cooperation and social living might increase the brain size or intelligence of hominids. Use examples from the text to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
There are a number of interesting questions raised by The Hand. Questions that Wilson most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:
1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?
2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Wilson's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Wilson's probable agenda concerning that idea.
2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?
3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?
4. Research the life of Wilson and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.
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