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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Who developed the Red Queen theory?
(a) Richard Dawkins.
(b) Graham Bell.
(c) Leigh Van Valen.
(d) Charles Darwin.

5. From a biologist's point of view, sexual reproduction is more _________ than asexual reproduction.
(a) Annoying.
(b) Risky.
(c) Unnecessary
(d) Expensive.

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

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

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

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

10. Who has solutions concerning genetics?
(a) Molecular biologists and geneticists.
(b) Scientists.
(c) Geneticists.
(d) Doctors and scientists.

11. What is the Vicar of Bray hypothesis?
(a) Same-sex reproduction must be understood to understand sexual reproduction.
(b) Sexual reproduction should not exist.
(c) Sexual reproduction provides rapid speed of evolution.
(d) Asexual reproduction provides rapid speed of evolution.

12. 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) How babies are made.
(d) More ways that evolution can work against organisims.

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

14. 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) A genetically engineered organism.
(d) An organism that lacks certain genes.

15. To understand human nature, what must we understand?
(a) The origin of emotions.
(b) Differences in humans.
(c) The origin of human nature.
(d) The origin of attraction between humans.

Short Answer Questions

1. The gender ratio is ___________ as an evolutionary pressure in humans.

2. Why is asexual reproduction a less risky option for an organism?

3. How does Chapter 2 begin?

4. What type of civilization do the New Guinea tribes have?

5. Although it becomes clear that sex is necessary to avoid parasites, what question remains?

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