The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 6.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does this organism present a mystery to the question of reproduction?
(a) The organism decided to self replicate.
(b) It is extinct and cannot be studied.
(c) The organism gave up sexual reproduction.
(d) It kills other organisms that participate in it.

2. At the end of Chapter 3, what does the author say will be explored in the next chapter?
(a) How babies are made.
(b) More ways that evolution can work against organisims.
(c) Why babies are hard to keep alive.
(d) Why there are men and women.

3. What does the story in Chapter 5 prove for the author?
(a) Ideal mating conditions are rare.
(b) Producing offspring is the goal of all mammals.
(c) An example of sexual, rather than natural selection.
(d) How male support continues the species.

4. Males are interested in increasing the _________ of sexual partners whereas women are interested in increasing the ________ of sexual partners.
(a) Quality, number.
(b) Number, percentage.
(c) Percentage, number.
(d) Number, quality.

5. Is attractiveness always the only criteria for mate selection?
(a) No, females like important mates.
(b) No, only when selection is plentiful.
(c) Yes, females are shallow.
(d) Yes, females don't like ugly people.

Short Answer Questions

1. Men seem to have an insatiable desire for this.

2. Why is asexual reproduction a less risky option for an organism?

3. What do males want in sexual partners?

4. Who developed the Red Queen theory?

5. Who directly advocated for polygamy in early societies?

(see the answer key)

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