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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. When do humans that dogs are accustomed to become strangers?
(a) When the feel of their skin changes.
(b) When the color of their clothing changes.
(c) When the shape of their body changes.
(d) When the sound of their voice changes.

2. How does a person "release the pressure" after a block has been initiated?
(a) By stepping aside.
(b) By leaning back.
(c) By turning around.
(d) By crouching down.

3. What is paedomorphism?
(a) The retention of juvenile qualities into adulthood.
(b) The absence of adult qualities in adolescence.
(c) The presence of adult qualities in adolescence.
(d) The release of juvenile qualities in adulthood.

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

5. What myth do humans perpetuate about dog's regard for them, according to McConnell?
(a) That dogs give humans "conditional negative regard."
(b) That dogs give humans "conditional positive regard."
(c) That dogs give humans "unconditional positive regard."
(d) That dogs give humans "unconditional negative regard."

Short Answer Questions

1. How should a person greet a new dog so as not to appear aggressive or rude?

2. What is the first step a person should do in order to ingratiate her or himself with a dog?

3. How conscious are dogs of their pheromones?

4. What is McConnell doing when she mistakenly gets too close to the dog in front of an audience?

5. What kind of animal behaviorist is Patricia McConnell?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the command McConnell teaches that mimics pack behavior, and how is it executed?

2. According to McConnell, what physical behaviors do dogs not appreciate that humans do and why?

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

4. Why is it counter-intuitive to yell a command to a barking dog?

5. What is a little known fact about our sense of smell, and what does it indicate about how humans live in the world?

6. According to McConnell, what physical behaviors should people pay the most attention to in a dog and why?

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

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

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

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

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