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

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do genes seek through the actions of the bodies that contain them?
(a) Replication.
(b) Change.
(c) Evolution.
(d) To be upgraded.

2. To explain sex, scientists need to find ________________.
(a) The reason for asexual reproduction.
(b) Why people are attracted to one another.
(c) A reason for an individual organism to prefer sexual over asexual reproduction.
(d) A new way for humans to mate.

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

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

5. What is the Vicar of Bray hypothesis?
(a) Sexual reproduction provides rapid speed of evolution.
(b) Asexual reproduction provides rapid speed of evolution.
(c) Same-sex reproduction must be understood to understand sexual reproduction.
(d) Sexual reproduction should not exist.

Short Answer Questions

1. Organisms that reproduce sexually will pass immunity or defenses down to whom?

2. According to the author and other research, who should have a better evolutionary outcome?

3. What does sex do to the genome of humans and other organisms?

4. Ever since _____________ in the late 19th century, scientists have understood that all life forms are a product of biological evolution.

5. What is the lottery theory?

(see the answer key)

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