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. What is the "sexy-sons" theory?
(a) Males will always choose the most attractive woman.
(b) Sons will be the most attractive if the two parents are very attractive.
(c) Sons are always sexier than daughters.
(d) Females will always choose the most attractive man.

2. In an attempt to "outwit" these killers, organisms engage in _____________.
(a) Camouflage.
(b) Fission.
(c) Sexual reproduction.
(d) Asexual reproduction.

3. What is the primary purpose of sexual reproduction that is very beneficial for all offspring?
(a) Speed of evolution.
(b) Slowness of evolution.
(c) Making many children.
(d) Meeting a soul mate.

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

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

6. What will happen to create more female babies in Chinese and Indian societies?
(a) There will be less births overall.
(b) Virgin births will happen to adjust and make more female babies.
(c) There will be more births overall.
(d) More boys will be born, because it is what people want.

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

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

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

10. What is the lottery theory?
(a) Organisms in densely populated areas survive better.
(b) It is more advantageous for humans to asexually reproduce.
(c) Sexual reproduction allows for a smaller number of very exceptional offspring.
(d) Sexual reproduction is the riskiest way for humans to reproduce.

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

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

13. Are individuals involved in evolution aware of the choices they are making?
(a) Always.
(b) Never.
(c) Fifty per cent of the time.
(d) Ten per cent of the time.

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

15. In which cultures are male babies especially prized?
(a) Chinese and Indian.
(b) Indian.
(c) American.
(d) Chinese.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who cannot compete with males?

2. What are the interests of most males?

3. What is the only way to understand why evolution is the way it is?

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

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

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