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Patricia McConnell
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the vomero-nasal organ on a dog?
(a) It is a structure that lets in smell molecules.
(b) It is a structure that closes off smell molecules.
(c) It is a structure that smell molecules can't stick to.
(d) It is a structure that scent molecules stick to.

2. What do dogs equate loudness to?
(a) Excitement.
(b) Strength.
(c) Weakness.
(d) Boredom.

3. How did researchers discover that paedomorphism is also physiological?
(a) By breeding for docility in dogs.
(b) By breeding for docility in foxes.
(c) By breeding for docility in primates.
(d) By breeding for docility in humans.

4. When teaching a dog how to play fetch, what does McConnell recommend doing in lieu of prying a ball from a dog's mouth?
(a) Wait for the dog to drop the ball.
(b) Using another ball to distract the dog.
(c) Sitting in front of the dog.
(d) Walking away from the dog.

5. What is "object play" associated with for humans?
(a) Our speech ability.
(b) Our primate heritage.
(c) Our memory.
(d) Our intelligence.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to McConnell, how do dogs feel about humans petting them?

2. What will primates do with the objects around them?

3. According to McConnell, which breed is considered to be one of the greatest sniffers?

4. According to McConnell, which breed is considered to have a relatively poor sense of smell?

5. McConnell suggests sniffing different parts of the house, plants, books, bedsheets, in order to determine what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does McConnell advise against play fighting or wrestling with a dog?

2. How should an owner house train her or his dog?

3. Why does McConnell advise against taking a ball from a dog's mouth, and why is it important?

4. What is the one difference between humans and primates that also presents a challenge when it comes to dog training?

5. What story does McConnell relate about a dog's memory for smell, and why is it significant?

6. Why does McConnell suggest that paedomorphism accounts for human and dog bonding?

7. Why do primates look away, and in what situations should an owner do the same?

8. What two mistakes did McConnell make with an aggressive mastiff, and why was it dangerous?

9. What advice does McConnell offer in terms of how humans monitor their speech?

10. According to McConnell, what sense perception do humans believe dogs respond to that is incorrect and why is it significant?

(see the answer keys)

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