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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 2.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In 1970, __________ argued that the individual is merely a container for genes.
(a) Jean-Baptiste Lamarck.
(b) Russel Wallace.
(c) Richard Dawkins.
(d) Charles Darwin.

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

3. What was the 16th century cleric known for besides his scientific theories?
(a) Switching between Catholic and Protestant religions.
(b) Killing Catholics.
(c) His sermons.
(d) Being a survivor of Protestant ridicule.

4. Why is this book called The Red Queen?
(a) The landscape around the Queen moves as she moves. Evolutionary progress is relative to ones surroundings.
(b) It is symbolic of higher level genetics.
(c) The author has always enjoyed the character from Alice in Wonderland.
(d) The author thinks that the title is ironic.

5. What does being fast allow for a gazelle to do?
(a) The gazelle is never caught and it throws off the balance of the environment.
(b) The gazelle gets caught.
(c) It is able to always kill its prey.
(d) The fast gazelle survives and reproduces, thus spreading its genes.

Short Answer Questions

1. Due to the ________________, traits that increase reproductive successes will spread and those that do not will expire.

2. Why is the Vicar of Bray theory flawed?

3. Through sexual reproduction, what are offspring dealt?

4. Who has solutions concerning genetics?

5. Pre- Darwinian thinkers such as _____________ believed that evolution was a process of individual adaptations that were later passed down to ancestors.

(see the answer key)

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