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. How does evolution work?
(a) Different adaptations of an individual which give a reproductive edge.
(b) Change is continuous.
(c) Very slowly, over thousands of years.
(d) Without competition between organisms.

2. What do the females of this same group prefer?
(a) Intelligent males.
(b) Males that will take care of them.
(c) Males who are attractive.
(d) Well-built mounds, instead of poorly constructed mounds.

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

4. 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.

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

6. How do species outwit killer viruses?
(a) With their brains.
(b) Asexual reproduction.
(c) Splitting cells.
(d) Sexual reproduction.

7. What is one way of good gene replication that the author mentions?
(a) Viruses.
(b) Sex.
(c) Asexual reproduction.
(d) Fission.

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

9. What genders are not always needed?
(a) None.
(b) Males.
(c) Females.
(d) Hermaphrodites.

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

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

12. How does the Red Queen begin?
(a) With a discussion of asexual organisms.
(b) With a story of Martians.
(c) With a discussion about the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland.
(d) With a discussion of human nature.

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

14. What does the story in Chapter 5 prove for the author?
(a) How male support continues the species.
(b) Producing offspring is the goal of all mammals.
(c) An example of sexual, rather than natural selection.
(d) Ideal mating conditions are rare.

15. What are out law genes?
(a) Genes that will definitely be passed down.
(b) Genes that are weak.
(c) Genes that act like viruses and hijack chromosones.
(d) Genes which cannot be passed down.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What did Zahavi, a scientist, theorize about reproduction mating?

3. To explain sex, scientists need to find ________________.

4. From a biologist's point of view, sexual reproduction is more _________ than asexual reproduction.

5. Who has solutions concerning genetics?

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