The Alexander Technique Christmas Quiz

Today is the last class before Christmas. Time to review the year and to start planning new courses for January. Meanwhile, some lightheartedness for my students and colleagues – the Ashby Alexander Technique Christmas Quiz, as requested by my advanced group students for their last class of the year.  Best done while scoffing vast amounts of mince pie and brandy butter.

I wish you all a peaceful, healthy and happy 2018.

1. What is end-gaining?

a. Winning at all costs
b. Setting your satnav before you leave
c. Going directly for your ends without paying attention to how you achieve them

2. What is FM’s alternative to end-gaining?

a. Getting your partner to read the map
b. Means-whereby
c. Means-therein

3. What is most memorable about FM’s grandfather?

a. He was a champion sheep-breeder
b. He was governor general of Melbourne
c. He was deported to Tasmania for criminal offences

4. When did FM first come to England?

a. 1904
b. 1908
c. 1914

5. Who was the first teacher to receive a teaching certificate from FM, and who later worked extensively with AR Alexander, became Don Weed’s trainer and so became the heritage of the ITM way of teaching?

a. Marjorie Barstow
b. Marjory Barlow
c. Thelma Barlow

6. What, according to Don Weed, is the poise of the head in relation to the body in movement the key to?

a. A sore neck
b. A better posture
c. Freedom and ease of motion

7. What is the next step after (1) analyze the conditions present and (2) select the appropriate means you have reasoned out whereby you can gain your end?

a. Project consciously the directions required
b. Project consciously the directions required to gain your end
c. Project consciously the directions required for putting these means into effect

8. What is proprioception?

a. Awareness of where the different parts of your body are
b. An early method of contraception
c. End-gaining using psychic abilities

9. Why doesn’t the ITM teach ‘head forward and up’?

a. No-one can agree exactly what it means
b. It tends to lead a student to ‘do’ something to achieve it
c. Good students keep on going further and further up, even when they pass the normal resting position of the spine and head

10. How many moving vertebrae in the human spine?

a. 14
b. 18
c. 24

11. What did FM insist his students do before he would agree to teach them?

a. Read one of his books
b. Pay him a retainer
c. Recruit another student

12. What is ‘Man’s Supreme Inheritance’?

a. The ability to move like Neanderthal Man
b. Complete control of our own potentialities
c. Freedom from pain

13. How, in his fourth book, does FM define the ‘Universal Constant in Living’?

a. The influence of the manner of use upon the general functioning of the organism in every reaction and during every moment of life
b. Death and taxes
c. In the mind of man lies the secret of his ability to resist, to conquer and finally to govern the circumstance of his life

14. Some Alexander schools link the occipital muscles with the Primary Control. Where are these muscles?

a. In your bottom
b. At the back of the head, where the skull joins the spine
c. At the base of the neck

15. How does Don Weed quantify the real power of the ‘poise of the head’ concept in this work?

a. The successful employment of one’s organism is accomplished through the acquisition of poise and a reasoned control of one’s own physical being
b. If you can learn how to discipline your thinking so that you can take advantage of this simple physiologic fact – easily, consistently, and at will – you will have learned a mental discipline that you can apply to every part of your life including the designing of your life and the reaching of your dreams
c. By following a process of genuine trust in the reasoning process you are employing, you may go into activity in pursuit of the goals you have chosen, knowing you have done everything possible to ensure success

16. What is the point of the Monkey Trap story?

a. Monkeys love nuts
b. Using indirect procedures
c. The need to consider conditions present

17. When did FM die?

a. 1945
b. 1955
c. 1965

18. What completes Dr Don’s Well-Madeness Chart? “Which is more likely true: that we are poorly-made and have to do something to perform well, or…”

a. “that we are well-made and have to do something to perform poorly?”
b. “that we need Alexander Technique lessons in order to perform well?”
c. “that we are poorly-made and we may as well give up now?”

19. Fill in the gap: “The aim is to bring about at all times and for all purposes not a series of correct …, but a co-ordinated use of the mechanisms in general”

a. attitudes and opinions
b. prescribed exercises
c. positions or postures

20. Same or different?

a. Same
b. Different
c. Don’t know

Graphic created by Starline –

1c   2b   3c   4a   5a   6c   7c   8a   9 all of them   10c
11a   12b   13a   14b   15b   16b   17b   18a   19c   20 all of them

CNHC and ITM registered Alexander Technique teacher.

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