Are You Left-Handed? Multiple Choice Vocabulary Test
Life is easier if you are right-handed. You can open a (1)_______ of tomatoes, use a pair of scissors or write a cheque without problems.
In earlier times left-handed people were sometimes thought to be bad or even (2)_______ and were sometimes even killed. Even quite recently, children who wanted to use their left hands were taught to use their right instead. The teacher of King George VI of I England (1895-1952) tied his left hand behind his back to make him use his right, and it was probably because of this that he had... speech problems later in his life. However modem ideas about how children use their hands are very different. Some doctors now think that the (3)_______ is made when babies are still very young. Look at this (4)_______ from a modern book for parents:
‘There is no natural law which states that one hand is (5) _______ to the other, so it should never (6)_______ you if your child is left-handed’.
But why is anyone left-handed?
Psychologist Dr. Marian Annett thinks that a long time ago people used both hands equally; what changed things was that human beings learned to speak.
The left hemisphere controls the right-hand side of the body and the right controls the left. Speech became connected to the left hemisphere of the (7)_______; and as speech became more and more important, so the left hemisphere became more (8)_______, and so the right-hand side of the body was used more. This means that left-handers are often slower to speak and read than right-handers. But left-handed people have (9)_______ too. According to the (10)_______ scientific theories, left-handed people have a better chance of becoming great sportsmen. Left-handedness (11)_______ most strikingly in the arts; back in the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Hans Holbein were all (12)_______ left-handers. There are even famous left-handed people in the world of music like Beethoven and Paganini. You may also add such talented individuals as Paul Klee, Charlie Chaplin, Lenny Bruce, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, and the problem of left-handedness will never bother you again.
1.C; 2.B; 3.D; 4.A; 5.A; 6.D; 7.C; 8.A; 9.B; 10.D; 11.C; 12.A