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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. Which of the following is NOT a system of kin recognition listed in the novel?
(a) Spatial Distribution.
(b) Recognition by Association.
(c) Sensual Recognition.
(d) Allelic Recognition.

2. What are repletes concerned with?
(a) Defense.
(b) Reproduction.
(c) Brood care.
(d) Food storage.

3. How many ants are contained in each hectare of soil in the Amazonian rainforest?
(a) 18 million.
(b) 80 million.
(c) 8 million.
(d) 800,000.

4. Which of the following procedures is NOT altered when an individual undergoes sociogenesis?
(a) Caste.
(b) Sexual fertility.
(c) Physical location.
(d) Behavior.

5. What is the colloquial name for the ant species "Monomorium pharanaomis"?
(a) Queen's ants.
(b) Sphynx ants.
(c) Pharaoh's ants.
(d) Cleopatra's ants.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following worlds does Wilson claim that ants run?

2. Which of the following is NOT an insect phenomenon documented in the opening of this novel?

3. What happens in during pleometriosis?

4. Which of the following is NOT a factor distracting from optimal foraging within an ant colony?

5. What is polyethism?

Short Essay Questions

1. What claim of colony odor did scientists Jaffe and Sanchez make in 1984?

2. What happens during the founding stage of an ant colony?

3. What study was performed on fire ants leading to the understanding the foragers will respond to the nutritional needs of their colony?

4. What are the most common ways through with an ant colony becomes polygynus?

5. What is a "super colonial" ant colony?

6. What controversy surrounds the ant fossil discovered in the Victoria, Australia by Jell and Duncan in 1986?

7. Why is communication between ants important during transportation?

8. What are "Tramp Species" of ants?

9. Why are caste systems often used within ant colonies?

10. Why are extra queens often considered an unnecessary burden within a colony?

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