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 the Israeli physicist desire to do rather than increasing muscle strength in a paralyzed person?

3. What must the magician do for success?

4. How is the dominant hand theoretically controlled?

5. What can cause reduced bodily movement?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does eating at LuLu teach Wilson?

3. What is the title of Feldenkrais' book and what does the book claim?

4. What must chefs do to create a meal?

5. Explain the term "BackTur."

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

7. Describe Peter Reynolds work.

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

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

10. Upon what does early medicine rely?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Mary Marzke follows up on Napier's initial work to classify three types of grip that are defined as pad-to-side, three-jawed chuck and five-jawed cradle. Describe the three types of grips in detail and discuss why you do or do not agree with Marzke that there are only three types of grips. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. What are the eight features of the human hand that Marzke discusses and why are they important? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. Describe what you think is the single most important modification of the ape hand to human society and why you think it is. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Through the ages of human history Wilson explores cultural transformation of human paths and posits the "permanent immaturity" of a human brain. Wilson's underlying thesis is that people are born resourceful. Over time and experience, they adapt and evolve to become skillful and thoughtful.

1. Explain, in detail what is meant by "permanent immaturity" of a human brain. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Discuss two ways in which humans have adapted to their environment. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. Explain how becoming more skillful and thoughtful is related to evolution. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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