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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. How many disorders are caused by genes?
(a) 1,200.
(b) 120,000.
(c) 12,000.
(d) 120.

2. How does the empiricist view ethical reasoning?
(a) As a series of choices.
(b) As a series or rejections of childish language.
(c) As a series of struggles within the self.
(d) As a series of innate contradictions.

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

4. Who does Wilson offer as evidence of thinkers affected by the concept of natural rights?
(a) Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
(b) Robespierre.
(c) Benjamin Franklin.
(d) Thomas Jefferson.

5. What are social scientists lacking, according to Wilson?
(a) Purpose and drive.
(b) Funding.
(c) Relationships with the humanities.
(d) Unity and vision.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Edmund Wilson say is the purpose of the social science?

2. What is kin selection?

3. What role does Wilson ascribe to human nature?

4. What evolution creates culture?

5. How, in Edmund Wilson's account, was moral reasoning affected by natural science?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do patterns in mental development connect genes to culture?

2. What social science does Wilson credit with coming closest to consilience?

3. What is the consilient view of religious ethics?

4. What is the sign, in EO Wilson's account, that culture is evolving?

5. Where does ethics come from, in E.O. Wilson's account?

6. How does Wilson describe the universality of art?

7. How do the senses function as epi-genetic rules?

8. What is the difference between nurturists and hereditarians in describing how culture evolves?

9. What is the fundamental assumption behind consilience?

10. What is volitional evolution, and what does Wilson say are its effects?

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