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 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.

2. In the author's opinion, what is not the primary goal of an organism?
(a) Survival.
(b) Evolution.
(c) Killing one another.
(d) Reproduction.

3. Lower class individuals tend to have _________.
(a) More babies.
(b) Male babies.
(c) Less babies.
(d) Female babies.

4. In Chapter 5, the animals are unsure of _____________.
(a) The male knowing if the egg is his.
(b) Being able to find a suitable mate.
(c) What their mate thinks of them.
(d) Passing desirable genes to offspring.

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

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

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

8. To women, attractiveness in a male signifies _____________.
(a) Infidelity in the relationship.
(b) The ability to support her and future children.
(c) Good genes.
(d) Excessive amounts of sperm.

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

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

11. 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) Increases randomness of the genome.
(d) Makes stronger genes.

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

13. Sexual reproduction benefits _____________.
(a) One member of the same organism versus another member of that same organisim.
(b) No one.
(c) Only humans, not other organisms.
(d) Everyone.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the bdelloid rotifer?

2. Ever since _____________ in the late 19th century, scientists have understood that all life forms are a product of biological evolution.

3. Why is the Vicar of Bray theory flawed?

4. What is one way of good gene replication that the author mentions?

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

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