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. In most species, what do many females mostly prefer in males?
(a) External factors, like male attractiveness.
(b) The ability to keep her safe.
(c) Money.
(d) A male that promises to stay around.

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

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

4. Who cannot compete with males?
(a) Masculine females.
(b) Females.
(c) Other males.
(d) Hermaphrodites.

5. How do males harm themselves?
(a) Suicide.
(b) Status games.
(c) Uneasy violence and status games.
(d) Uneasy violence.

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

7. What is the primary part in sexual reproduction?
(a) Combining and outcrossing genes.
(b) Combining all genes.
(c) Outcrossing genes.
(d) Killing genes that are not yours.

8. Instead of scientists concentrating on why humans are the way they are, they should concentrate on _________.
(a) Where humans live.
(b) How they got to be the way they are.
(c) A way to study humans without them knowing.
(d) Why humans are the way they are.

9. What is the lottery 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) Organisms in densely populated areas survive better.
(d) It is more advantageous for humans to asexually reproduce.

10. Although it becomes clear that sex is necessary to avoid parasites, what question remains?
(a) Why sex works the way it does.
(b) How sex works.
(c) Why people enjoy sex.
(d) Whether or not sex is the best way to reproduce.

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

12. Who created the tangled bank theory?
(a) Richard Dawkins.
(b) Charles Darwin.
(c) Leigh Van Valen.
(d) Graham Bell.

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

14. How does Chapter 5 begin?
(a) With observations about pine moles.
(b) With the story of a fisherman.
(c) With mating behavior of Australian brush turkeys.
(d) With an explanation of courtship.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In humans, what does evolution rely on?

2. Males are interested in increasing the _________ of sexual partners whereas women are interested in increasing the ________ of sexual partners.

3. What happens if a virus attacks a population of clones?

4. In an attempt to "outwit" these killers, organisms engage in _____________.

5. At the end of Chapter 3, what does the author say will be explored in the next chapter?

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