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. How do organisms compete during evolution?
(a) They compete with each other to pass down more genes to the next generation.
(b) They try to kill one another so that they might live.
(c) They kill their prey and one another to be the last person standing.
(d) They kill their prey to ensure their survivors.

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

3. What is the continuous arms race that occurs between organisms?
(a) No one can catch up.
(b) People will try to kill one another so that their genes may carry on.
(c) Once an advantage is gained, the loser will adapt to negate the advantage.
(d) World War II.

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

5. Through sexual reproduction, what are offspring dealt?
(a) A different bag of genes from their parents.
(b) Genes too similar to their parents.
(c) Weak and strong genes.
(d) Weak genes.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do organisms that reproduce end up with for offspring?

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

3. Are sexually reproducing organisms able to compete with asexually reproducing organisms?

4. In 1970, __________ argued that the individual is merely a container for genes.

5. What is sexual selection?

(see the answer key)

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