The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the author and other research, who should have a better evolutionary outcome?
(a) Sexual Reproduction.
(b) Same-sex Reproduction.
(c) Asexual reproduction.
(d) Asexual and Sexual Reproduction.

2. The gender ratio is ___________ as an evolutionary pressure in humans.
(a) Strong.
(b) Undeniable.
(c) Harmful.
(d) Weak.

3. What is the tangled bank theory?
(a) Sexual reproduction allows for a smaller number of very exceptional offspring.
(b) Sexual reproduction is the riskiest way for humans to reproduce.
(c) It is more advantageous for humans to asexually produce.
(d) Different organisms in an environment saturated with similar organisms have a greater likelihood of survival.

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

5. Why do genes exist?
(a) They insure that the species survives.
(b) They pass viruses down.
(c) They are the descendants of previous genes.
(d) They are used to carry DNA mappings.

6. Why is the Vicar of Bray theory flawed?
(a) It was made up by someone who is not a scientist.
(b) It has been proven wrong over the centuries.
(c) It does not take sexual reproduction into account.
(d) It sees evolution as the goal of an organisim.

7. What is sexual selection?
(a) Selection based on the strength of a mate.
(b) Selection based on the appeal of a potential mate.
(c) Irrational mating between humans.
(d) Random mating between humans.

8. How does Chapter 2 begin?
(a) With diagrams.
(b) Information about the author.
(c) With a fictional account of a Martian visitor.
(d) An explanation of sexual reproduction.

9. What are transposons?
(a) Out law genes.
(b) Weaker genes.
(c) Viruses.
(d) Diseases.

10. Due to the ________________, traits that increase reproductive successes will spread and those that do not will expire.
(a) Slow genetics of men.
(b) Low pregnancy rate.
(c) High pregnancy rate.
(d) Evolutionary arms race.

11. In humans, what does evolution rely on?
(a) Asexual reproduction.
(b) Fission.
(c) Sexual Reproduction.
(d) Sexual and asexual reproduction.

12. What does sex do to the genome of humans and other organisms?
(a) Causes too much risk in the genes.
(b) Decreases randomness of the genome.
(c) Makes stronger genes.
(d) Increases randomness of the genome.

13. Ever since _____________ in the late 19th century, scientists have understood that all life forms are a product of biological evolution.
(a) Richard Dawkins.
(b) Jean-Baptiste Lamarck.
(c) Charles Darwin.
(d) Russel Wallace.

14. What happens if a virus attacks a population of clones?
(a) The clone population will effectively kill the virus.
(b) The virus will kill only the weakest clones.
(c) The clone population will be wiped out.
(d) The clones attack one another in order to survive.

15. What is the solution of the individually rational genes?
(a) Gender.
(b) Celibacy.
(c) Asexuality.
(d) Polygamy.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do species outwit killer viruses?

2. Is attractiveness always the only criteria for mate selection?

3. Lower class individuals tend to have _________.

4. What is the male to female ratio?

5. To understand human nature, what must we understand?

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