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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Sexual reproduction is ___________ to keep the parasites and diseases off guard by creating new variations through each generation.
(a) An inefficient means.
(b) Not able.
(c) Not an easy way.
(d) An attempt.

2. What have scientists discovered about sexual reproduction versus asexual reproduction?
(a) Sexual reproduction is easier.
(b) Sexual reproduction allows an individual to spread its gene over a large population.
(c) Asexual reproduction is easier.
(d) Asexual reproduction allows an individual to spread its gene over a large population.

3. What can a psychiatrist expect to find in all people?
(a) Extreme emotions and rational behaviors.
(b) No similarities in emotions.
(c) Psychopathic behavior.
(d) Similar emotions and behaviors.

4. What type of civilization do the New Guinea tribes have?
(a) Hunter gatherers.
(b) Democratic governments.
(c) Hunters.
(d) Scavengers.

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

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

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

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

9. In 1970, __________ argued that the individual is merely a container for genes.
(a) Richard Dawkins.
(b) Russel Wallace.
(c) Jean-Baptiste Lamarck.
(d) Charles Darwin.

10. What is the "good genes" theory?
(a) Smart people are attracted to other smart people.
(b) Beautiful children are evil.
(c) More attractive males will produce beautiful children.
(d) More attractive people make smart people.

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

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

13. 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) Once an advantage is gained, the loser will adapt to negate the advantage.
(c) No one can catch up.
(d) World War II.

14. What do organisms that reproduce end up with for offspring?
(a) Non functional offspring.
(b) Clones.
(c) Completely different offspring.
(d) Smart offspring.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Why does this organism present a mystery to the question of reproduction?

4. Organisms that reproduce sexually will pass immunity or defenses down to whom?

5. In Chapter 4, what story of tragedy does the author tell?

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