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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 3.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Sexual reproduction benefits _____________.
(a) Only humans, not other organisms.
(b) No one.
(c) Everyone.
(d) One member of the same organism versus another member of that same organisim.

2. Are sexually reproducing organisms able to compete with asexually reproducing organisms?
(a) Only when they are genetically engineered.
(b) Occasionally.
(c) No, never.
(d) Yes, always.

3. Why is asexual reproduction a less risky option for an organism?
(a) There will be no one competing.
(b) There is no seeking out mates or the risk of being rejected.
(c) It is not less risky.
(d) All the clones will be healthy.

4. What is the only way to understand why evolution is the way it is?
(a) To negate human nature.
(b) Study creationists theories.
(c) To ignore its history.
(d) Study the twists and turns of the evolutionary story.

5. What is the main focus of the novel?
(a) To study asexual reproduction.
(b) To compare sexual and asexual reproduction.
(c) To understand the advances in same-sex reproduction.
(d) Parts of human nature are products of sexual selection.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do genes seek through the actions of the bodies that contain them?

2. Sexual reproduction is ___________ to keep the parasites and diseases off guard by creating new variations through each generation.

3. What is the primary purpose of sexual reproduction that is very beneficial for all offspring?

4. In humans, what does evolution rely on?

5. Although it becomes clear that sex is necessary to avoid parasites, what question remains?

(see the answer key)

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