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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is kin selection?
(a) The survival strategy by which people care most deeply for their kin.
(b) The process by which parents decide which child to favor.
(c) The strategy by which a family gives itself the best chance of expanding.
(d) The process by which people choose mates.

2. How does Edmund Wilson define ethics?
(a) As a code of principles.
(b) As a set of universal laws.
(c) As a series of taboos.
(d) As a set of unspoken prohibitions.

3. How does Wilson describe the difference between gifted and less-gifted artists' brains?
(a) Gifted artists use a larger are of their brains.
(b) Less-gifted artists have smaller capacity for empathy.
(c) Gifted artists have more connections between brain areas.
(d) Gifted artists have a larger language center.

4. What does the concept of God do, in Edmund Wilson's account?
(a) Ground the mind in its source.
(b) Unify the sciences and humanities.
(c) Clarify man's relationship with things whose origins are inexplicable.
(d) Open the mind to what is beyond it.

5. What does Wilson call sociology?
(a) The study of simple society.
(b) The study of society.
(c) The study of conflict between societies.
(d) The study of complex societies.

6. How many children per parent would families need to have for the world's population to reach 12.5 billion by 2050?
(a) 2.0.
(b) 2.1.
(c) 2.2.
(d) 2.4.

7. How do nurturists see the evolution of culture?
(a) As a result of environment.
(b) As a complex interplay of environment and language.
(c) As result of language.
(d) As a result of genetics.

8. What do cultures use from the mind, in Wilson's account?
(a) Science.
(b) Myths.
(c) Narratives.
(d) Humanities.

9. What do the arts need science for?
(a) To demonstrate the truth of artistic visions.
(b) To fulfill artistic prophecies.
(c) To test artistic theories.
(d) To stimulate interpretation.

10. What role does Wilson ascribe to human nature?
(a) Changing what genetic expressions mean.
(b) Changing how language expresses genetics.
(c) Changing how genes create environments.
(d) Connecting genes to nature.

11. What is the traditional view of art?
(a) That it has no end or purpose except in itself.
(b) That it developed when language developed.
(c) That it evolved with the brain's genes.
(d) That it is the latest biological development.

12. Wilson defines culture in terms of what?
(a) Genes.
(b) Religion.
(c) Language.
(d) Environment.

13. What does status give a man power to do, in Edmund Wilson's account?
(a) Have more influence.
(b) Have more money.
(c) Have more wives.
(d) Have more offspring.

14. What did economists do during the Marginalist Era in economics?
(a) They examined social behaviors as individual activities.
(b) They described production as the result of supply and demand.
(c) They used science to analyze motives and trends in the mass.
(d) They used statistics to model mass behaviors.

15. Where does Edmund Wilson say consilience is beneficial?
(a) In biology and ethics.
(b) In humanities and natural sciences.
(c) In all areas of learning.
(d) In history and technology.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are social scientists lacking, according to Wilson?

2. What explanation does Wilson offer for incest taboos?

3. How many disorders are caused by genes?

4. What causes economic theories to fail, in Edmund Wilson's estimation?

5. What field does culture need to be linked with, in order to be explained, according to Wilson?

(see the answer keys)

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