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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 4.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What accounts for far more deaths than other predators or environmental occurrences?
(a) Death and destruction.
(b) Parasites and diseases.
(c) Accidents.
(d) Killing ones own organisms.

3. What kind of study does evolution become?
(a) Competition between friends.
(b) Functions of bodies and organisims as gene vehicles.
(c) How organisms become better over generations.
(d) A slow process.

4. What is the bdelloid rotifer?
(a) A microscopic animal that can live in any kind of water.
(b) A type of animal that produces asexually.
(c) An organism that lacks certain genes.
(d) A genetically engineered organism.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the lottery theory?

3. In the author's opinion, what is not the primary goal of an organism?

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

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

(see the answer key)

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